Za’atar: a Culinary Expedition to the Mediterranean


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – We want to take you on a tasty tour next, and this time it’s a Culinary Expedition to the Mediterranean! Chef Elizabeth set the table for us. Ingredients and directions below.


Introduction: Quick, simple and easy to make. The perfect dip for any fresh Artisan bread.Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup dried thyme
  • 4 teaspoons sumac
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons brown sesame seeds
  • Optional: olive oil for dipping with breads


  • In a coffee grinder, grind: thyme, sumac, salt and red pepper flakes. Place in a small bowl
  • Stir in sesame seeds.
  • To serve: I like 1 ½ tablespoon Za’atar mixed with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Serve with fresh Artisan breads to dip in mixture.

Comments: If you don’t like any heat, don’t add the red pepper flakes.

Yields/Servings: Makes 6 tablespoons. Serves four 1 ½ tablespoon servings per person.

How to Store Leftovers: Store in an airtight container for months. (Assumes it has not been mixed with oil).Equipment/Tools Needed:

  • Measuring cups: ¼
  • Teaspoon measurements: ½ and 1
  • Coffee grinder

Estimated total time from start to finish: 5 minutes

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking: 0 minutes

Food categories:  Vegan  /  Gluten free  /  Sugar free  /  Nut Free

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