Grilled Lamb with Za’atar is a wonderful pairing, make no mistake. Lamb is my favourite meat and I'm always searching for combinations that surprise and delight. This is such a simple way to serve the meat, alongside this celebrated Middle Eastern spice mix.
What is Za’atar?
Za’atar is a wonderful herbaceous dried spice mix found across the Middle East. It is used to flavour and finish all manner of national dishes. Usually comprising of a combination of sesame seeds, chilli flakes, thyme, oregano, marjoram and sumac. It’s a beautiful warming, fragrant addition to an already tasty favourite.
In Turkey it's often used liberally over flatbreads and elsewhere, used on pastries or to finish mezze dishes, like my Harissa Humus with Za'atar
My tasty middle eastern Za’atar Bread with Beef & Shangleesh recipe uses it to wonderful effect - and all from a pre bought pizza base - check it out!
Za'atar works wonderfully well with grilled meats. Chicken, pork, beef and lamb all work so well, simply grilled and then generously seasoned with Za’atar. And I mean generously seasoned. I'll scatter over 3-4 handfuls of the stuff. It isn't overpowering, and instantly trasnsports you to that part of the world. In the case of my recipe my grilled lamb was juicy and pink and the herby Za’atar complimented it so so well.
More middle eastern recipes to serve with my Grilled Lamb with Za’atar
Alongside any Middle eastern meats should feature a few small mezze plates, filled with complimentary flavours, colours and textures. Here are a few dishes that work wonderfully well with grilled meats. And... if you're vegan and read this far - firstly, thanks and there are many options for you too!