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Need recipes or ideas for zatar and sumac

Angelina Jun 26, 2008 04:18 PM

Hi! I just was on line buying some spices from Penzey's, when I noticed zatar and sumac. Now, I have seen it before in recipes and I certainly have had to have had it in the Turkish restos I go to, but I have NO recipes for it!

I bought the 2 spices beacuse they sound great! Any ideas??

(I just printed out a recipe by Jamie Oliver for Grilled Lamb Kofta Kebabs and it uses sumac.)

Thanks for any help!!


  1. sfumato Jun 30, 2008 06:52 PM






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      galka Jun 29, 2008 11:49 AM

      I always add zaatar when I roast sweet potatoes- with some red pepper flakes and olive oil- it is just fabulous!

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        hippiechickinsing Jun 29, 2008 08:43 AM

        I like to add za'atar to my corn chowder. It gives it an unexpected kick.

        1. sarah galvin Jun 27, 2008 07:34 AM

          I also just bought za'tar and needed some ideas. Thanks!

          1. MMRuth Jun 27, 2008 04:25 AM

            I found this post with some more ideas:


            ... while looking for this recipe that I posted:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/28004... for Chicken with Sumac (and pita and onions).

            1. Angelina Jun 27, 2008 04:18 AM

              Thanks everyone! I can't wait to get the spices!!

              1. pikawicca Jun 26, 2008 05:29 PM

                Traditionally, you'd mash the zaatar/sumac up with some good EVOO and brush it on grilled pita. It's also really good tossed with roasted veggies, and as a marinade for chicken and fish.

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                1. re: pikawicca
                  Budino Jun 26, 2008 09:16 PM

                  Agree. Toss it on some carrots and parsnips to roast, or marinate chicken parts for a few hours in it, then roast in a hot oven. Makes the house smell so good.

                2. the5thbeatle Jun 26, 2008 05:18 PM

                  Za'atar (zaatar) is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. Here are recipes for dishes that use zatar /sumac:








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                  1. re: the5thbeatle
                    Angelina Jun 27, 2008 04:18 AM

                    WOW...Thanks so much!

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