Za’atar and Flatbread with Za’atar


The work “za’atar” describes not only a specific herb (Syrian Oregano, Origanum syriacum) but also an herb blend incorporating that herb (or its modern substitutes). Locally available species of oregano, thyme, savory, and other herbs might also be incorporated into the blend. There are an infinite number of recipes for za’atar herb Gardens blends. The following is one example of a za’atar herb blend and a recipe illustrating one of the most famous uses for za’atar herb blend.

Za’atar Herb Blend

½ cup dried Syrian Oregano (Wild Thyme, za’atar)

½ cup mixture of any or all of the following: dried Conehead Thyme (Persian Hyssop, za’atar farsi), Pink Savory (Savory of Crete, Roman Hyssop, za’atar rumi), Spiked Thyme (Desert   Hyssop, za’atar hommar), Gray Calamint (za’atar mana), and Syrian Catnip (za’atar chachla)

or, instead of the preceding ingredients, substitute ½ cup dried Greek or Turkish Oregano and ½ cup dried French Thyme

Then add:

½ cup dried marjoram (optional)

½ cup ground sumac

½ cup roasted sesame seeds

½ tablespoon salt (or to taste)

Combine the unground ingredients (except for 1 tablespoon of roasted sesame seeds). Coarsely grind with a mortar and pestle, an herb grinder, or a coffee grinder. Add the ground ingredients and the 1 tablespoon of unground sesame seeds. Mix well. Store in an airtight container, out of the light.

From a member of the St. Louis Herb Society.


Flatbread with Za’atar (Manakish Za’atar)

Yield: 8 (7- to 8-inch flatbreads)

1 cup lukewarm water

½ teaspoon sugar

1 (¼-ounce package) active dry yeast

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing

Za’atar Topping: ¾ cup Za’atar Herb Blend and ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, combined in a small bowl.

Combine the water, sugar, and yeast; let cheap jerseys stand for 10 minutes until foamy. Meanwhile, combine the flour Serie and salt in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and work with your fingers. Make a well in the center, add the yeast and water mixture, and stir to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes does until smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover Herb the wholesale nfl jerseys bowl with a damp cloth and leave the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour until it doubles in size.

Heat oven to 400ºF. Place a baking stone or baking sheet in the oven as it heats.

Knead the cheap jerseys China dough briefly and divide it into 8 balls. Place the balls on a lightly oiled baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth, and let stand for 15 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, flatten each ball of dough and roll it into a circle 1/8-inch thick and about 7 to 8 inches in diameter. Press that each time dough-circle with your fingertips to make little indentations in which the topping will rest. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of Za’atar topping over each round, leaving a ½-inch border around the edges.

Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Depending on the size of your oven, you may need to bake several batches. Serve warm immediately, or cool on racks.

From “Flatbread Recipe: Manakish Zaatar” by Emily Ho.

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