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Zatar - How do you use?

Windsor May 20, 2010 03:01 PM

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)

  1. goodhealthgourmet May 20, 2010 03:15 PM

    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. eight_inch_pestle May 20, 2010 03:18 PM

      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.

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        anakalia May 20, 2010 07:38 PM

        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. operagirl May 23, 2010 04:10 PM

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


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            rockycat May 23, 2010 08:07 PM

            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.

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              aventinus May 23, 2010 08:17 PM

              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.

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                classylady May 24, 2010 04:28 AM

                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. epabella May 24, 2010 04:47 AM

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

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