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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added over 5 years ago

Thyme, marjoram, oregano, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt.

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Kitchen Arts & Letters

Kitchen Arts & Letters is a culinary bookstore on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

added over 5 years ago

Many za'atar recipes use just one of the herbs Amanda mentions (thyme, marjoram, or oregano). But almost every writer who provides a recipe for this spice blend makes it clear that cooks concoct their own variations, so you should feel free to start with small quantities and play around with whatever suits your fancy, from ingredients to proportions.

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added over 5 years ago

I love to toast my sesame seeds just a little bit before grinding everything up.

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added over 5 years ago

There's a previous FP on the subject, with more answers.
The key herb in traditional za'atar grows wild, is endangered and not commercially available.