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Trendy Tastes: Recipe for Za’atar Labneh

Trendy Tastes: Recipe for Za’atar Labneh

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Exotic flavors common in the Middle Eastern region of the world like harissa, za’atar and shawarma are having a moment, appearing on restaurant menus and in popular make-at-home recipes.

Now is the perfect time to give these flavors a try. Thanks to new global seasonings from McCormick Gourmet, the spice combinations are already blended for the ultimate taste and simplicity.

Made from high-quality herbs and spices, the seasonings are USDA-Organic certified and Non-GMO Project verified so you can feel good about the ingredients used in your cooking. The expertly blended spices help create distinctive global-inspired dishes that take your home dining experience to the next level so you can explore these flavors from around the world without leaving the comfort of home.   

  • Za’atar: This traditional Middle Eastern blend of spices including thyme, oregano and sesame seeds is perfect for sprinkling on flatbreads, roasted vegetables, nuts  or popcorn. It can also be mixed into hummus or oil for dipping.
  • Harissa: A spicy flavor found in North African cuisine, this seasoning is made from a combination of chilies, warm spices and mint. Add it to meat and veggies before roasting, stir it into cooked rice and grains, mix it into yogurt to make a dip or combine it with roasted bell peppers and oil to turn this spice into its namesake sauce.
  • Shawarma: Often associated with the slow roasting of meat, this Middle Eastern street food favorite is made with cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and more. Use this seasoning to flavor an easy marinade for chicken, pork or steak.

Look for these flavors as well as new Peruvian and Berbere seasonings in the spice section of retailers nationwide. Find more recipe ideas at McCormickGourmet.com.


Za’atar Labneh

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 (2 tablespoons each)

1 cup labneh (yogurt cheese)
2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Organic Za’atar Seasoning, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
pita bread, for serving (optional)
pita chips, for serving (optional)
sliced fresh vegetables, for serving (optional)

In small bowl, mix labneh and 1 teaspoon seasoning until well blended.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining seasoning. 

Serve with fresh pita bread, pita chips or sliced fresh vegetables, as desired.

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