Bread with Olive oil and Chili-Rose Za’atar

This is the perfect starter or nibble for a party whether casual or formal. Za’atar is a wonderful spice mix scented with thyme, sesame and sumac widely used throughout Mediterranean Middle East. Most commonly it’s eaten with bread dipped in olive oil then Za’atar. This recipe is a twist on a well-loved Middle Eastern recipe.


1 bunch of fresh thyme
1tbsp oregano
1½tbsp sesame seeds
2tsp sumac
1tsp cumin seeds
2tbsp Aphrodite’s Chili & Rose Mix
A loaf of fresh bread (good quality white bread works best)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Take your bunch of thyme and remove the leaves. Do this by pinching the stem and running your fingers down to release the leaves. Do this to the whole bunch. Place all the leaves except for 1tsp in a small blender along with the oregano, blend for 10 seconds. Tip into a bowl and set aside. If you don’t have a blender you can chop the leaves up finely.
Take your sesame seeds, put in a dry pan and place on a medium heat to toast. This will only take a couple of minutes, they are ready when golden. Remove from the heat and add to the thyme and oregano mixture. In the same pan toast the cumin seeds until fragrant, remove from the heat and roughly grind with a blender or pestle and mortar and add to the thyme mixture along with the sumac, 1 pinch of salt and Chili & Rose mix. Stir with a spoon to combine and set aside.
Cut your bread into chunks, put into a bowl or on a breadboard.
Pour 40ml olive oil into a dipping bowl or shallow dish and add a few teaspoons of the Chili Rose Za’atar and stir. You are now ready to serve.

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