Za’atar Seasoning Mix with Fresh Thyme and Oregano & Grilled Skewers of Halloumi Cheese, Fresh Spring Asparagus and Scallions
Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking until they are fragrant and just a touch golden, about 2 minutes.
Add all the herbs and spices in a small bowl, stir in the olive oil.
Use within a day so the herbs stay fresh and vibrant.
Alternatively, blend all together except the fresh thyme and oregano – chop and add when ready to use.
Use as a quick marinade and baste on as a finishing sauce.
Squeeze a tablespoon or two of lemon juice in the mix for an extra zesty flavor.
Za’atar is wonderful on vegetables, meat, poultry and bread.
Servings: 1/2 cup
Double the recipe if desired.
Grilled Skewers of Halloumi Cheese, Fresh Spring Asparagus and Scallions RECIPE:
Soak four bamboo skewers in water for at least 2 hours.
To each skewer thread 3, 1/2 ” thick slices of Halloumi Cheese (Paneer can be used as well.)
4 2″ pieces of fat asparagus, and 2, 2″ pieces of scallions (I used purple scallions).
Repeat to make 4 skewers.
Baste with 1 1/2 T. of Za’atar mixture. Grill over very high heat until strong grill marks form,
Turn over and cook for another minute or two. Remove to a serving plate and drizzle 1 1/2 T. of Za’atar mixture on top.
Squeeze lemon juice over all, taste for salt.
Garnish with extra fresh thyme and oregano leaves and enjoy.