Za’atar is a thyme-based Middle Eastern spice. The one I use is Jordanian and also has sumac and roasted sesame seeds.
I haven’t seen za’atar in ‘normal’ shops, but I buy mine at a Mediterranean shop. It could probably be found in a Turkish shop or in an international food shop. Note that the romanized spelling could be different- maybe zaatar, za’tar, zatar, zatr, zattr, zahatar, zaktar or satar. They’re all the same…. just different spelling in English.
Za’atar can be used many ways, usually with pita bread dipped in olive oil and then in za’atar and or as a dip (with the oil and zataar together) for breads or chips. It doesn’t have to be cooked like the recipe below. It can be used to season meats, vegetables or hummus or eaten with yogurt. Za’atar can be found at Mediterranean or Middle Eastern shops. In Bellingham, you can find it at Mediterranean Specialties and other shops, listed here.
You will need:
Salt (sea salt is good)
*Preheat oven to 250°F or 125°C
*Cover pita in olive oil
*Generously sprinkle za’atar on top
*Add salt to taste (you can try a piece now before cooking to be sure it’s the right amount for you)
*Cut into small, bite-sized pieces with a pizza cutter or knife
*Bake on a cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until crispy
*Wait until cool, then enjoy!
Note: If you want crunchier chips, use tortilla bread instead of pita bread. Preparation is the same, but only bake it for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.