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But Seriously, You Need A Go-To Za'atar Recipe (PHOTOS)

Let your za'atar flag fly.
01/23/2014 10:20am ET | Updated April 29, 2014

There are some flavors that take a while to get through to you. Maybe it's too unfamiliar, too brand new, too unexpected. That is how one of us felt about za'atar until very recently. The word za'atar is used to refer both to a plant indigenous to the Middle East (sort of a wild thyme) and to the spice blend it is included in (usually a blend of za'atar/thyme/oregano, sesame seeds, and sometimes sumac). The verdant, aromatic, sometimes smoky flavor pairs uncommonly well with olive oil, feta, meat and all the breads, so we want to make sure you have a go-to za'atar recipe on hand.

If the recipes below aren't enough to satiate your appetite for za'atar recipes (not to mention the history of the spice), we sincerely recommend that you pick up a copy of Jerusalem by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi and let your za'atar flag fly. The recipes in that cookbook have single-handedly reignited our taste for za'atar. If we missed your favorite way to use za'atar, let us know in the comments!

1
Sweet Potato Soup With Feta And Za'atar Oil
Sarah Shatz/Food52
2
Za’atar + Parmesan Crackers
Cristy-Lucie Alvarado
3
Celery And Za’atar Tabouli
James Ransom/Food52
4
Grilled Corn With Za’atar Garlic Butter
Busy In Brooklyn
5
Za'atar Carrot And Leek Flatbread With Almonds And Fennel Salad
Laura Wright | The First Mess/Food52
6
Homemade Labneh With Olives And Za’atar
The Artful Desperado
7
Oven Braised Buttermilk Chicken With Za'atar
thirschfeld/Food52
8
Za’atar Pork Wraps
Frugal Feeding
9
Sweet Potato “Fries” With Za’atar And Labneh
cristinasciarra/Food52
10
Za'atar Flatbread
Alexandra's Kitchen
11
Roasted Potatoes With Homemade Za'atar & Aleppo Pepper
onetribegourmet/Food52
12
Za’atar Meatballs And Endive In Lemony Broth
CarolineWright/Food52
13
Sardinian Flatbread With Feta And Za'atar
thirschfeld/Food52

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