Tis the season for all things pumpkin. These dinner rolls rely on the humble can of pumpkin puree for softness, and bring out those fall flavors with a little sage, orange zest and a touch of honey. And a sprinkling of cheese for good measure. Perfect for upcoming holiday feasts, or to pair with a warm bowl of soup or stew for a satisfying autumn meal.
This month has been about easy recipes to feed the family as you head back to school, or back to online learning, or back to still working at home, or maybe even going back to work. Whatever it may be, quick, easy, or make ahead is key as most of us have been stuck at home a lot, cooking way more than usual. And while you may roll your eyes at homemade pizza as easy; using make ahead flatbread dough, a convenient sheet pan shape for everyone to have their own personal portion, and store-bought toppings means that pizza night can indeed be relatively easy.
I had never heard of za’atar until I went to culinary school and a classmate of mine from Israel brought in a little packet of homemade za’atar to share with me. It contained sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, hyssop and a little salt, it instantly became one of my favorite spice blends. The first time I had za’atar bread was from a vendor at a farmers market. He was from Palestine and owned a local restaurant and was selling homemade za’atar, as well as this huge pile of soft flatbread with a generous topping of za’atar and olive oil baked onto the bread. Yet again, I became an instant fan. The word za’atar means thyme in Arabic, as well as referring to a general family of herbs such as thyme, hyssop, marjoram and oregano, among others. A popular spice blend in the Middle East, there are slight variations to the spice combo depending on the region.Continue reading Za’atar Bread