As promised on my birthday picnic post, I am happy to share with you the recipe for my Za’atar Bombs.
I am guessing that some of you are rolling their eyes and already opening Google in order to find what the hell Za’atar is… so here’s a short explanation:
Za’atar is a herbs and spices mixture – sage, sumac, wild thyme (also called Za’atar), salt, sesame, oregano, marjoram, mint, basil – in Israel we have different kinds of Za’atar – it’s all about what is being blended in and how much.
Za’atar is a staple of the Israeli/Arabic/ Middle Eastern kitchens. In Israel we use it on salads, hummus and mainly on pitas, and let me tell you, if you never tried a fresh pita with Za’atar and olive oil… you are missing a lot. It is absolutely awesome! (yes, a future recipe!)
You can buy Za’atar: mostly in oriental stores, but you can also make it yourself. I never tried making it alone and bought a kilo of fresh Za’atar in my last visit to the old city of Akko. It was 30 shekels per kilo ( 6.5 EUR / 8.5 USD) fresh and with very good quality.
These little bombs are evil, they are easy to make and are super tasty:
What do we need? (One roll = 12-14 bombs)
- Puff pastry roll (vegan of course, the ones I buy are with margarine – from Rewe here un Germany)
- 2 spoons of olive oil
- 3-4 spoons of fresh Za’atar (if the Za’atar is too old it is dry and lack the aroma and taste)
Yes, that’s it.
You might also want to make some fresh Tahini because these two go REALLY good together!
- Heat the oven 200c/400f
- Open the puff pastry roll
- Brush it with olive oil
- Spread Za’atar equally
- If you have some shredded vegan cheese you can now add it, but it’s not necessary
- Roll the dough (from the narrower side of the dough)
- Cut into 12-13 pieces (depends on the size of course, see my photo)
- Put on a baking sheet with space between the unbaked bombs
- Bake for 12-16 minutes (or until golden brown)
- Let cool for 2 minutes at least
Wishing you all a good weekend!