Sultan of Seasonings
Hummus and tahini long ago made their way from the Middle East to become beloved American staples. Now, from the same part of the world, there's a new condiment kid in town: za'atar. Lebanese-American mother-son duo Lorraine and Alexander Harik's spreadable version of the tangy, herbal, slightly nutty mix is the authentic, third-generation family recipe they both grew up with.
Their small-batch blend of wild Middle Eastern thyme (the main ingredient), oregano, deep red sumac (which adds an astringent, less-tart-lemony flavor), toasted sesame seeds, and virgin olive oil adds a pop of color and flavor to almost any savory dish: vegetables, potatoes, pasta, sandwiches, eggs, yogurt, dips, salads, breads, marinades, dry rubs, and snacks. (On popcorn, it's a revelation.) It's vegan, never needs refrigeration, and instantly makes any healthy food addictive—but still good for you. The foodie radar has finally picked up on za'atar, but as Alexander says, "not all za'atar is equal." This one rules. The set of two includes both the original and the spicy (same as the original, but with chili pepper). Handmade in Brooklyn, New York.
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