Delight in the earthy flavors of the Middle East with our Toasted Nuts with Za’atar recipe. A healthy, satisfying snack that’s perfect for any occasion. Let’s dive into this simple yet flavorful journey.
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Toasted nuts with za’atar are the perfect snack, as they are high in fiber and have tons of healthy fats. They are also a tasty way to add much-needed flavor to a bland diet. These Za’atar nuts that I will make today are perfect for any occasion, especially those that necessitate your finest charcuterie board! Toasted nuts with Za’atar aren’t just limited to fancy gatherings, though. In fact, with such a quick and easy recipe, you can make these indulgent nuts any day of the week.
Za’atar is an earthy, flavorful spice mix I used to eat with nearly everything, such as nuts, back when I lived in Jordan. It is an essential part of Middle Eastern cuisine and is often enjoyed with breakfast, on bread, or as a seasoning for meat. With such a versatile seasoning, it’s no wonder it can even be enjoyed as a sweet and savory snack.
They also have a long shelf life, so you can batch them up and stow them away for later. Or, if you’re big on homemade gifts like I am, toasted nuts with Za’atar make an excellent present for any host or guest. I’ve gotten many compliments over the years on my Za’atar spiced nuts. The secret is to use egg white instead of olive oil for the perfect crunchy texture. So, today I will share every step to making these delicious nuts and the best ways to serve them!
What is Za’atar Spice & How Is It Used?
Za’atar is a delightful spice blend of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. It’s a culinary staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, traditionally sprinkled over hummus or spread onto flatbread mankeesh. When it comes to these toasted nuts, they are roasted to perfection with a tantalizing Za’atar blend, offering an earthy and tangy twist to a midday snack or as a flavor enhancer to salads and grain bowls.
Fancy making your own Za’atar? I have an easy-to-follow recipe that will guide you in creating your personalized Za’atar blend at home. Once you have your homemade Za’atar ready, there’s no limit to how you can use it in your culinary adventures. Personally, I adore mixing it with olive oil or using it as a garnish on labneh.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! You can explore a plethora of dishes that feature this wonderful spice. For instance, you could try my Manakeesh recipe, a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread topped with a generous spread of Za’atar. Or how about a succulent chicken roasted with a rub of sumac and Za’atar? And if you’re a fan of potatoes, you’ll love my recipe for Hasselback potatoes served with creamy yogurt and Za’atar sauce.
What Kind of Nuts Should I Use with MyToasted Nut Za’atar Spice?
Macadamia nuts are a fantastic choice for pairing nuts with za’atar spice. Their relatively mild flavor profile allows the robust and earthy character of the za’atar to shine, while their distinct crunch adds a satisfying texture to the snack.
However, the beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility. You’re not restricted to macadamia nuts; feel free to experiment with your preferred varieties. Walnuts, almonds, and cashews are some of my personal favorites. Each of these nuts brings its unique character to the dish:
- Walnuts: These are known for their slightly bitter undertones, which contrast beautifully with the tangy za’atar. They also have a softer texture that makes for a unique snacking experience.
- Almonds: Almonds have a subtle sweetness that complements the earthy flavors of the za’atar. They also provide an excellent crunch, enhancing the snack’s overall texture.
- Cashews: These nuts have a buttery flavor that harmonizes well with the za’atar. Their slightly softer texture compared to almonds and macadamia nuts provides a pleasant contrast.
How Should I Serve My Za’atar Spiced Toasted Nuts?
Za’atar spiced nuts are an incredibly versatile addition to your culinary repertoire. They can transform a simple dish into something extraordinary with their unique flavor and texture.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy these spiced nuts is by sprinkling them over grain bowls or salads. The crunch and flavor they bring elevate these wholesome meals to new heights. They also make a wonderful addition to a cheese board. Paired with tangy cheeses like feta, the nutty and earthy za’atar contrasts the flavor.
They also shine when combined with creamy dips like hummus. The spiced nuts add a crunchy texture and a boost of flavor that harmonizes well with the smooth, rich taste of the hummus.
Surprisingly, these spiced nuts also work wonderfully in sweet settings. Pair them with tart fruits like oranges or berries to create a balanced, sophisticated snack or dessert. The sweet sourness of the fruit and the earthy,ake nutty za’atar m for an intriguing and pleasing combination.
How Long Does It Take to Make Za’atar Spiced Nuts?
Creating the perfect Za’atar toasted nuts is a relatively quick and straightforward process. You can expect your nuts to reach a beautiful golden roast within approximately 30 minutes in the oven. The preparation phase preceding this is even shorter, taking just a few minutes.
The key to this recipe lies in the simplicity of its ingredients. With just za’atar, egg whites, honey, and optional sesame seeds, you can achieve a snack that’s as delicious as it is easy to prepare. Embrace the simplicity, and you’ll find the end result to be a delightful, flavorful snack ready in no time.
In a large bowl, combine the unsalted mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, and black and brown sesame seeds (if using).
In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the egg whites and honey. Add half a tablespoon each of Za'atar and sumac to the egg white mixture, and whisk until frothy and well blended.
Spread the nut mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes
Continue to roast the nuts for an additional 20 minutes, or until they are nicely crisp.
Enjoy your Za'atar spiced nuts as a snack, on salads, or as a part of your cheese board. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
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|4 cups unsalted mixed nuts|
|½ cup pumpkin seeds|
|2 tablespoons sumac divided|
|2 tablespoons Za'atar divided|
|2 egg whites|
|2 tablespoons honey|
|1 tablespoon each black and brown sesame seeds (optional)|
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