Za’atar is basically a combination of Middle Eastern herbs primarily used in Arab and Israeli cuisine. This prepared condiment generally consists of ground thyme, oregano, marjoram combined with toasted sesame seeds, salt and other spices. Some varieties also include sumac,
fennel seed, cumin, coriander and caraway.
Za’atar has a wide range of uses in the culinary world, from dipping pita in olive oil, then Za’atar, baking/stuffing assorted breads, seasoning meats, poultry and vegetables, garnishing hummus, eggs and pizza. It’s even used as a spice for steeping tea!
Serves about 6
- 8 cups Brussels Sprouts (or try zucchini, carrots or acorn squash)
- 2 T Za’atar Spice Mix
- 2 T Maple Syrup
- 2 T Safflower Oil
- Pinch Salt
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Trim off the bottoms of the Brussels Sprouts then cut each sprout in half – bottom to top.
- Mix the Za’atar, maple syrup, oil and a pinch of salt together and toss the sprouts in with the mix.
- Lay flat on a sheet tray and roast in a hot oven for 15-25 minutes or until desired tenderness has been reached.