Za'atar is an aromatic herb and spice mix used throughout the Middle East. This version, adapted to my taste from a formula in Bon Appetit, is made with dried herbs, which makes it great for winter and early spring cooking. Sumac is a citrusy dried berry that you can special order, but is optional in this version. Feel free to play around with the proportions in this recipe to suit your own taste. This recipe makes 1/4 cup for sprinkling on roasted or grilled vegetables, eggs, breads, dips and meats. Or, try it on popcorn.
Combine the sesame seeds, oregano, cumin, sumac (if using), thyme, salt and pepper until well blended. Store in a tightly sealed glass container at room temperature.
For using za'atar on popcorn, toss warm popcorn lightly with olive oil and sprinkle on the za'atar to taste. The amount of salt in the blend should be just about right, but add additional salt after tasting if you like.
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