Roasted Broccoli with Avocado Oil & Za’atar

I’m a huge fan of Middle Eastern food, especially the seasonings and spices. Dukkah, which is actually more of a spice blend than a spice, is on constant rotation in my kitchen and I’m starting to use za’atar a lot often more too.

What is za’atar? It’s a blend of sesame seeds, dried sumac, salt, dried oregano, cumin and dried marjoram. The combination of these herbs is quite powerful, so a little za’atar goes a long way!

A really easy way to try za’atar is to sprinkle it on broccoli or kale- you can then roast or eat as is.

Last night, I made a roast chicken for dinner and roasted broccoli with avocado oil and za’atar was a lovely side dish.

Here’s how I made it:

  1. Heat oven to 180c.
  2. Chop 2 medium sized heads of broccoli into florets and place on a baking tray.

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  1. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of avocado oil over the broccoli so they are lightly covered.
  2. Shake 2-3 teaspoons of za’atar blend over the broccoli.
  3. Give the tray a little shake to ensure that all florets have some oil and za’atar on them.
  4. Roast in the oven for 15-20 on the bottom shelf to avoid burning.
  5. Remove and enjoy!

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Do you cook with za’atar? What’s your favourite recipe?

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