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May 20, 2010 03:01 PM

Zatar - How do you use?

I purchased a jar of Zatar from Penzey's the last time I visited their store. My little bit of research indicated that it is often used on bread. I experimented last night with making croutons by dicing bread, brushing with olive oil and tossing in the zatar seasoning. Baked for a bit and it turned out great!

What do I do next? (ps...vegan household)

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  1. you might want to highlight the vegan requirement front & center, otherwise i suspect you'll end up with a lot of meat suggestions!

    - use it on roasted vegetables - it's fantastic with carrots, parsnips, potatoes, zucchini...even grilled corn.
    - it's great with hummus and baba ghannouj, either blended in or sprinkled on top as a garnish.
    - blend into a vinaigrette for salad.

    1. I like to use it as a pita dip. You can either stir it into a little olive oil and set out a small dish, or set out separate dishes of oil and spice. I've never actually bought zatar---if there's no salt in the commercial kind you might want to add a little salt to the oil. With or without oil, we also like to dip cucumber and radish slices in it, usually just as part of a casual cheese, fruit, vegetable, and bread tray for the two of us. I'm sure other vegetables would be nice as well. Lastly, it also makes a great seasoning for homemade pita chips. Enjoy! It's a fun product.

      Oh, and I've never tried and I'm sure it's nontraditional, but it could be quite good stirred into scrambled eggs or omelets.

      1. As a non-vegan, I typically would heat up pita, spread some labni (or, if desperate, cream cheese) and sprinkle the zatar on top -- not sure if you use/like any vegan "cheese" spread, but if so, you could try that instead.

        1. Zatar is often baked right onto bread in the Middle East -- It's delicious this way!

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          1. re: operagirl

            We make the pita from AB5D, then brush with olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar before baking. The pita doesn't puff up but tastes so very good.

            1. re: operagirl

              Made well, this is one of my favorite things in the world. It's certainly the first thing that comes to my mind for zaatar.

              1. re: operagirl

                I have spinkled zatar on fresh baked pita. Or you can reheat the pita, spread it with good olive oil and sprinkle it with zatar.

              2. sparingly. together with raselhanout it's become one of most name-droppable spice just because tv chefs nowadays use it alot.