Are you looking to add a burst of flavor to your vegan dishes? Look no further than za'atar spice blend! This Middle Eastern seasoning is a versatile and aromatic blend of herbs and spices that can take your meals to the next level. In this blog post, we will explore what zaatar is, how to use it, and why it's a great option for vegans.
What is Zaatar?
Zaatar is a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend that is made from a combination of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, and sesame seeds. It has a unique and earthy flavor profile that is both savory and tangy. Zaatar is commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, and it adds a delicious depth of flavor to a variety of dishes.
What makes Burlap & Barrel Za'atar different?
Our spectacular Za'atar is grown and blended in Palestine, where it has been a staple seasoning, topping and condiment for as long as recorded history. The name za'atar refers to both the herb itself (a relative of oregano) and the classic blend where the herb is ground and mixed with sesame, sumac and salt. Use as a finishing spice, a seasoning to roast meat or vegetables, or as a dip mixed with fresh olive oil.
Za'atar is a blend named after its key ingredient, a Levantine species of oregano that flourishes in the region's characteristic arid conditions, and it also includes sesame seeds, sumac and other ingredients, depending on who's making it. Good za'atar tastes savory, deeply herbal, piney, nutty, tart and peppery.
We're able to share this za'atar because of the expertise, persistence and creativity of more people than you probably realize — we assembled a scrappy team of farmers, millers, entrepreneurs, freight forwarders and at least one father-in-law who pieced together a whole supply chain for you. It represents a shared pride and passion for their land, its people and their culture. When we talk about heirloom spices, this is what we're talking about.
How to Use Zaatar Spice Blend
There are countless ways to incorporate zaatar into your vegan dishes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Sprinkle it on Roasted Vegetables
Roasted vegetables are a staple in any vegan diet, and zaatar can take them to the next level. Simply toss your favorite vegetables in olive oil, sprinkle them with zaatar, and roast them in the oven until they are tender and golden brown. The zaatar will add a delicious and aromatic flavor to the vegetables.
2. Mix it into Hummus
Hummus is a popular vegan dip that is made from chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. To give your hummus a unique twist, add a tablespoon or two of zaatar to the mix. The zaatar will infuse the hummus with its distinct flavor and make it even more irresistible.
3. Use it as a Seasoning for Grains
Whether you're cooking rice, quinoa, or couscous, zaatar can be a fantastic seasoning. Simply add a teaspoon or two of zaatar to your cooking water or sprinkle it on top of the cooked grains. The flavors of the zaatar will infuse into the grains, making them more flavorful and exciting.
4. Sprinkle it on Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is a popular and nutritious breakfast option for vegans. Take it up a notch by sprinkling some zaatar on top of your avocado toast. The zaatar will add a burst of flavor and make your breakfast even more satisfying.
Why is Zaatar a Great Option for Vegans?
Zaatar is a fantastic option for vegans because it adds a depth of flavor to plant-based dishes. It can elevate even the simplest of meals and make them more exciting. Additionally, zaatar is a great source of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a healthy choice for your vegan diet.
So, the next time you're looking to add a burst of flavor to your vegan dishes, reach for the zaatar spice blend. With its unique and aromatic flavor profile, it's sure to take your meals to the next level. Happy cooking!