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