Za'atar Butter is a simple and versatile condiment that adds an irresistible Middle Eastern flavor to any dish. Made with USimplySeason Za'atar spice blend, lemon zest, and butter, this recipe is quick and easy to prepare. In this blog post, we'll show you how to make Za'atar Butter and four variations that take this delicious spread to the next level.
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/4 cup USimplySeason Za'atar spice blend
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- Combine the softened butter, Za'atar spice blend, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Use an electric hand mixer or a fork to beat the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Drizzle in the avocado or extra-virgin olive oil, and beat again until well combined.
- Transfer the Za'atar butter to a plastic wrap or parchment paper sheet. Roll it up tightly and twist the ends to seal.
- Chill the Za'atar butter in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together. Alternatively, freeze the butter for up to a month.
- Serve the Za'atar butter at room temperature, either on its own or as a flavorful topping for bread, roasted vegetables, grilled meat or fish, or cooked grains like rice or quinoa.
- Honey-Za'atar Butter: Add 1/4 cup of honey to the Za'atar Butter recipe for a sweetness that balances the savory flavors. This variation is perfect for spreading on toast, biscuits, or warm cornbread.
- Garlic-Za'atar Butter: Mix 2-3 garlic cloves into the Za'atar Butter for a more intense and aromatic flavor. This variation works as a topping for grilled or roasted vegetables or a spread for garlic bread.
- Smoky-Za'atar Butter: Add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika or chipotle powder to the Za'atar Butter recipe for a smoky and spicy kick. This variation pairs well with grilled meats, seafood, or corn on the cob.
- Citrus-Za'atar Butter: Swap the lemon zest for 2 teaspoons of orange or grapefruit zest for a bright and citrusy twist. This variation goes well with roasted chicken, salmon or as a finishing touch on roasted root vegetables.