A Stand-Out Middle Eastern Spice

Ingredient,Recipes
April 1, 2006

Pungent and aromatic, za'atar brings heady flavor to Middle Eastern dishes.

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Now that we’re hooked on extra-virgin olive oil, pomegranate molasses and chipotle chiles, make way for za’atar, a pungent Middle Eastern spice blend made from sesame seeds, thyme and sumac. It’s the defining flavor in our Middle Eastern Cornish hens recipe. Look for it in ethnic markets labeled Syrian Marjoram or Green Thyme. It’s great rubbed on roasted chicken or pork or whisked up with olive oil for a zesty dip with pita chips.

Middle Eastern Cornish Game Hens

Cornish Hens with Middle Eastern Mojo de Ajo

Picturesque cornish hens marinate in a lemon-based bath in this holiday recipe.

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