pita chips, popcorn, and, well, just about everything? Sometimes the challenge lies in just keeping enough in the pantry for impromptu seasoning. But did you realize that, as a blend of four simple spices (ok, three simple spices and one that's a little tougher to find), it's a cinch to make yourself? Simply mix dried thyme leaves, sumac (this is the one best found at ethnic markets or online), sesame seeds, and salt. That's it - so easy! Za'atar adds a bright, herby punch when toasted atop pita bread, and makes a delicious addition to olive oil for a dipping sauce for bread. Once you have a taste for it, you'll find excuses to sprinkle za'atar over baked eggs, yogurt dips, and rice - the list keeps growing. We love this recipe from 101Cookbooks: she takes the extra step of drying her own thyme leaves to give the blend an ultra fresh taste. However, there's no perfect recipe for za'atar unless, of course, it's your own. We've been known to add a little oregano and cayenne pepper for some heat. Give it a shot and let us know how long it lasts in your kitchen.
Get the recipe: Za'atar Recipe at 101 CookbooksRelated: From the Spice Cupboard: Za'atar Seasoning Blend (Images: The Spice House)