Sunday, November 30, 2014

Za'atar Pita Crisps

Have you ever tried Za'atar?  It's an interesting spice mix from the mid-east, usually comprising of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac and other herbs sometimes.   It has a kind of lemony taste, but is so good on roasted meats, on top of greek yoghurt and various Syrian and Lebanese dishes. 

Za'atar Pita Crisps
A friend, Debi Jordan, musician extraordinaire, introduced me to this spice mixture the day she showed me how to make Stuffed Grape Leaves.   And then I went and bought more, just for myself.   Well, the bag I bought was quite large, so I split it with her.

The Za'atar has been sitting in my spice drawer for quite awhile now.   I keep meaning to use it, and in fact have used it seasoning some chicken dishes, etc.

But...

As I was moving it aside the other day, I realized that I really did need to use it up, or at least use more of it in something. 





Then I saw this recipe on TheKitchn.com and realized "YES" I can do this. 

And in this season of conspicuous consumption, this is even semi healthy.

At least the olive oil is good for you.

Take about 1/2 cup of Za'atar, mix it with some olive oil, in other words make a paste.  Set aside.



Pull out a couple of Pita Bread rounds, cut them into wedges, and then split them in half.    Put the rough inner side up on a baking sheet, and spread the Za'atar mixture on top.

Bake in a 400 deg. oven for about 6 minutes, or until the edges start to brown a little.    ( I cut them in half before I split them, they were a little harder to cut into wedges after baking)

Serve with some Hummus and you either have a nice light snack or lunch. 

I made these for NPA last night and they disappeared.  

I think I'm going to keep some Za'atar on hand as well as some Pita Breads in the freezer from now on, cause this was so simple and easy to make and it just plain tasted good.

I did sample a couple or three before I took them to NPA as well.  

You know I'm not going to share something unless it tastes good, right? 
Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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