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
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
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...
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!