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Zaatar is a spice blend that originated in the Middle East and it always includes Hyssop, Sumac, Sesame Seeds and Salt.
Hyssop is a wild herb from the thyme family that was only cultivated in 50 years ago. (and also difficult to find/ expensive in the U.S. so I substitute thyme)
Sumac comes from the fruit of a bush indigenous to the Middle East. The bush is actually a member of the cashew family and the fruit is used widely in Turkey and other Arabic countries.
Aleppo Pepper comes from a burgundy chile also known as the Halaby pepper. This spice about half as hot as the crushed red chile flakes we so frequently use.
Traditionally, zaatar was added to everything from pastries, bread, chicken etc.
Some recipe ideas for you to get started:
Bread with Olive oil and za’atar sprikled on
What is your favorite way to use this blend? Comment below!