The Plateau (Montreal) is full of good things to eat and great ideas for cooking. Half a block from my place there’s a wonderful traiteur called”Omnivore”. That was where I discovered what I could do with all that pita that doesn’t get eaten right away. The trick is za’atar, that wonderful mixture of sumac, sesame seeds, thyme and salt.
The magic ingredient is sumac, with its citrus flavour. I thought it would be great with fresh thyme, but it’s more work, and I didn’t find it that much more delicious.
This recipe for za'atar lasts me for a week or so.
- pita (day or days old)
- olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme (or 4 tablespoons fresh thyme; leaves from 6 stems yields about 1 tablespoon)
- 2 teaspoons ground sumac
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Turn on oven to 350 degrees F.
- Stir together the thyme, sumac, salt and sesame seeds.
- Use a brush to spread thin layer of olive oil on pita.
- Sprinkle the amount of za'atar you want on top.
- Put it in the oven until it is the way you like it -- soft or crisp. It will be ready quickly.
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