Homemade Za’atar Spice Blend

 

Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend

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Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend consisting of aromatic and sour sumac, fragrant thyme, sesame seeds, and salt. It’s easy, it’s delicious.

 

I’ll try to keep it short today. I just wanted to share with you a super easy spice blend that tastes amazing on bread. Because I love bread.

 

And I love za’atar.

 

Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend

 

So – I didn’t like thyme before. I think the problem was that I tasted it in an omelet when I was a kid, and I like my eggs a certain way, very particular about that. And thyme just did not go with omelettes. Sorry, if that’s your thing. So I just always thought I didn’t like thyme.

 

Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend

 

But I do now, fortunately. I figured I was missing out, I made an Italian seasoning (I’ll make another blog post about it, but you can still find it in this recipe) which also had thyme, and it was so delicious. When I found the za’atar recipe, I thought to myself that this too had to be yummy. Aand I was right!

Homemade Za’atar Spice Blend

 

This recipe is adapted from Genius Kitchen. Place all the ingredients – sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt – into a spice grinder and grind until powder form. Store in an airtight container. People always give such short ‘expiration date’ on things, and this is no exception. I made za’atar in January and – guess what – still fragrant and yummy. The only thing that can happen is that it will be less fragrant, but it hasn’t been my experience. Don’t throw it away just because it has passed its 2 weeks of life.

 

Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend

 

And if you don’t have a spice grinder (looking at you, sis), place the ingredients in a plastic bag and bang your frustration out on it. It probably won’t be as fine a powder as in a spice grinder, but who cares, it tastes amazing nonetheless.

 

I like to spread it with a tiny bit of olive oil on bread, be it naan, pizza or even croissants! I haven’t tried it on croissants yet, but I saw it in a recipe the other day and I have to say I am intrigued. Recipes where I use za’atar will come up shortly, so just stay tuned for that.

 

Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend

Other spice blends:

 

Hope you like it and find uses for it! If you have any interesting uses for it, or other feedback, I’d love to hear from you – either in the comment section below, or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

 

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Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend Yum
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend consisting of aromatic and sour sumac, fragrant thyme, sesame seeds, and salt. It's easy, it's delicious. 
Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients - sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt - into a spice grinder* and grind until powder form.
  2. Store in an airtight container.**
Recipe Notes

* And if you don't have a spice grinder, place the ingredients in a plastic bag and bang it with something hard, e.g. a rolling pin. It probably won't be as fine a powder as in a spice grinder, but still very tasty.

** People always give such short 'expiration date' on things, and this is no exception. I made za'atar 4 months ago and - guess what - still fragrant and yummy. The only thing that can happen is that it will be less fragrant, but it hasn't been my experience. Don't throw it away just because it has passed its 2 weeks of life.

Did you make it? Tag @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!

Author: Stine Mari from Ginger with Spice

Adapted from: Genius Kitchen

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