Za'atar Spiked Labneh with Flatbread

Za'atar Spiked Labneh with Flatbread

Recipe Rating: 3.73165
Serves 6 as an appetizer
Za'atar (or zahtar or zatar) is an earthy Middle Eastern spice blend that can contain a variety of different ingredients such as toasted sesame seeds, marjoram, thyme, cumin, oregano, sumac and sea salt. Each country has its own unique style of za'atar, and each family develops their own mix. Traditionally, it is sprinkled on labneh (yogurt cheese) with olive oil and served with warm bread.
  • 4 cups plain yogurt or 2 cups prepared labneh
  • 5 pitas or 3 pieces of flatbread
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined colander set over a bowl and refirgerate overnight (skip this step if using prepared labneh). Discard liquid and set aside thickened yogurt.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place pitas or flatbread in single layer on baking sheets and brush the flatbreads on both sides with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Set aside.

Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add sesame seeds and toast, stirring often, until fragrant and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. 

In small food processor, pulse marjoram, thyme, sea salt, paprika and cumin until nearly a powder, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour mixture into a small bowl and add sesame seeds. Stir to combine. Sprinkle about half the za'atar spice mixture onto pita or flatbread. If using pita, bake until crispy, about 15 minutes. If using flatbread, bake until warm, about 10 minutes. 

Place strained yogurt in medium bowl and drizzle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar to taste. Serve alongside flatbread or pita.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 190 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 21g carbohydrates, 8g protein.
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