Za'atar can refer to both an herb and a blend of spices. One type of za'atar is actually a species of wild thyme found throughout the Middle East. Another type is known throughout the Mediterranean as European oregano or marjoram. However, za'atar also refers to a blend of many different spices, and that blend can differ based on where you buy it. Typically za'atar includes oregano, sumac, sesame seeds, thyme, as well as marjoram, coriander, and number of other spices. My favorite spice shop sells several varieties including Lebanese, Israeli, Syrian, and Jordanian. Any type will do for this recipe.
Za'atar Popcorn 8 cups popped popcorn, still hot 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt (*omit if your za'atar blend already contains salt) 2 tablespoons za'atar 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Pour oil over hot popcorn, toss to coat. In a small bowl, mix salt, za'atar, and pepper. Pour mixture over popcorn and toss until well-incorporated. Notes: Add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicy kick If serving to non-vegans, add freshly grated Parmesan • Za'atar, various types available from Kalustyan's, $5.99 for a 2 ounce jar Related: From the Spice Cupboard: Za'atar Seasoning Blend (Images: Stephanie Barlow)