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Pita with Za'atar

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • Pita bread
  • 2–3 generous tablespoons of green zaatar
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • teaspoon of olive oil
  • Spices: za'atar, of course!
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Pita with zaatar
The picture of pita with za'atar makes my mouth water. Here I added some tomato slices and some fresh chopped green garlic.

I'll tell you what you can do :

Za'atar (sometimes written zaatar, zatar, or zahatar) is a middle-eastern spice mixture. The best kind is very green, and contains at least thyme, hyssop, oregano, and toasted sesame seeds. It's available in any Arab grocery, and sometimes even in the supermarket. We use it to make dips, dressings, marinades, and all kinds of other stuff. Simply put, it's delicious.

One of my favorite ways to use it as a quick snack is on pita bread. I've posted an authentic homemade pita bread recipe, but you can also buy it at the store. Get the thickest and freshest kind you can. Sprinkle the cheese first, then the za'atar. If you have any other ingredients you want to add, do it. Tomatoes, olives, pepperocinis all sound good. Sprinkle on some olive oil.

Place the pita in a hot oven (400ºF) for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is just melted. Pull it out and eat it hot! These make great, healthy snacks for the kids. Mmmm...

 

 

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I have to say that most of the pita bread you buy in the store are pretty disgusting. Locally here in the Bay Area, my favorite is from Ross Bakery. But in any case, you need to try your luck at your local middle-eastern grocer. Get a fresh, thick pita and eat it the same day. Put the rest in the freezer. You can defrost in the microwave for a few seconds and then throw it in the toaster to make it fresh!

 


Best of luck,

Moti

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New! Write a comment about this recipe:

Katie writes: (25 Mar 2010, 06:28)
Dear Moti, Thank you! It's delicious! Never thought of adding cheese and pepperocinis. Yumm!
Christie writes: (15 Jan 2009, 16:29)
Dear Moti, This looks like a really delicious kind of Iraqi pizza - I love the flavor of za'atar! Thanks for posting!
Fadi writes: (11 Dec 2007, 00:36)
Dear Moti,
You are soooooo cool! I think you have inspired me to start cooking.

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