I’m trying to make it a mostly homemade/handmade Christmas this year. One of the things I’m gifting are little bags of Za’atar. It’s a Middle Eastern spice blend, usually made with dried herbs, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt. It’s bright and herbaceous, with a nuttiness from the sesame, and boy does it make everything is touches taste good. Things we in the Test Kitchen like to put it on:
olive oil-y pizza dough (above)
boiled, buttered, or roasted potatoes
bagels with cream cheese
popcorn (drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle and toss)
crunchy romaine salads (preferably with pita chips)
rolls (wish I had remembered this for my Thanksgiving rolls!)
Za’atar can be a little bit hard to find so I’m mixing a big batch and tying up cute little sachets for stocking stuffers. Here’s my recipe/ratio:
1/2 cup minced fresh thyme
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup sumac
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
This will make about 6 nice size little bags.
Stay tuned for more edible, home-makeable gift ideas. And send along any ideas of your own.