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Za'atar (Thyme and Sesame Blend)

David Priestley

8 Tablespoons White Sesame Seeds
12 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (8 Tablespoons if using dried thyme)
1 Tablespoon of salt
2 Teaspoons of black pepper
4 Tablespoons of ground sumac

In a small skillet over medium-high heat, add the sesame seeds and toast, stirring constantly until they start to change color and give off a slight roasted grain aroma.  Remove from the heat, continue stirring, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Grind the thyme leaves to a coarse powder in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, set aside.  Grind into a coarse powder the sesame seeds and salt.  Combine all ingredients with the Sumac and store in a tightly sealed spice jar or glass container.  

This recipe makes about 2 1/4 cups.
Alternative to Thyme, you can use Bible hyssop or the wild thyme known as Zataar, but can be more bitter tasting and less aromatic than thyme-based zataar.  


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