I have been intending to cook with za'atar for sometime now, but wasn't sure where to start. This is a really simple but effective recipe with loads of flavour. This can be served with your usual Sunday roast to spice it up, or with a stew or casserole. I served it recently with my tomato and coconut lentil dhal curry which worked really well.
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture. Although there are many variations it will usually contain sumac (a citrussy red berry), sesame seeds and herbs. The mix I use in this recipe contains sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, cumin, coriander, fennel and salt.
serves 2-3 as a side dish
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 30-45 minutes
2 tbs za'atar
3-4 whole garlic cloves peeled
3 tbs oil
preheat oven to 200C
clean and chop potatoes into wedges
add oil, potato wedges and garlic cloves to a roasting tin and stir until well coated
add to preheated oven.
about half way through (about 15-20 minutes) remove the potatoes from the oven and add the za'atar to the potatoes. Mix thoroughly and continue cooking.
the potatoes are done when cooked through and nice and crispy on the outside.