This za’atar cheese flatbread is something that you can whip up in just a few minutes. The herby za’atar spice and briny feta cheese go perfectly together on a warm flatbread like naan. You just need a few ingredients that come together to make this delicious and addictive appetizer or side dish!
Za’atar is one of my favorite spice blends. It is a spice that is commonly used in the Middle East. A few years ago, it would be difficult to find it in a grocery store but I’ve found that it is more readily available now. If za’atar isn’t available at your local grocery store or online retailer like Amazon, you can make it at home. In a fresh jar, combine equal parts dried oregano, thyme and toasted sesame seeds. Shake to mix it together evenly and that’s it! Store it in your spice drawer and you’re all set. If you have marjoram and sumac (a lemony spice with a red hue) you can add those in too. If you don’t have sumac, for a more authentic flavor, you can add a little lemon zest or a few drops of lemon juice per tablespoon when you’re using your quick and easy homemade za’atar.
For this recipe, you can use any homemade or store-bought flatbread, naan or pizza base. Adjust the proportions based on the size of your bread. The proportions for this recipe are based on a naan sized approximately 10.15-11 inches by 8 inches.
This za’atar cheese flatbread is one of my favorite evening snacks or party appetizers. It also goes great as part of a big Mediterranean feast along with hummus, falafel, salad and more. After all, you can’t go wrong with bread and cheese! And if you’re wondering how to pronounce za’atar – this article from Spoon University was pretty funny and walks you through all the basic pronunciations of your favorite Middle Eastern foods! Quick summary: “za-ah-tar” 🙂
- 1 flatbread / naan / pizza bread
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp za'atar spice (see post for options)
- 1 clove of garlic, halved, smashed or finely chopped (depending on how garlicky you want it)
- ⅓ cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled
- Crushed red pepper, to taste
- Sea salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
- In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, za'atar and garlic. For a less garlicky flavor, use a clove of garlic that's cut in half or smashed and discard the garlic after a few minutes. For a more garlicky flavor, finely chop the garlic.
- Place the flatbread/naan/pizza bread that you're using on a baking sheet.
- Spread the olive oil-za'atar mixture onto the bread, followed by the cheese. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper and a pinch of sea salt.
- Bake for 5 minutes (or more if desired). Slice and serve hot.