My first introduction to Za’atar was during my college years. On weekends I would get together with friends and explore Los Angeles’ ethnic restaurants. It was on one such excursion that I discovered “Lebanese pizza” or Man’oushet Za’atar: a flatbread lavishly topped with Za’atar and olive oil. It was served right out of the oven with a squeeze of lemon juice. The aromatic Za’atar and the lemon juice was a revelation to my 18-year-old taste buds.
Za’atar (also known as Zatar or Satar) is a blend of dried herbs (oregano, marjoram, thyme or hyssop), sesame seeds, sumac and salt. Sometimes cumin or other spices are added. The result is a nutty, herbaceous and slightly lemony spice blend that’s truly outstanding.
Needless to say, Za’atar makes today’s roasted cauliflower memorable. And in true Lebanese fashion, the florets are sprinkled with fresh lemon juice just before serving them – a dream!
Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.