Za’atar Flatbreads

Za'atar Flatbread Recipe (4)

There are always several balls of pizza dough stored away in my freezer. Divided into portions of around 100g, with a few added ingredients they make a delicious and frugal meal in almost no time at all. While these za’atar flatbreads are by no means intended to be a meal in and of themselves, served alongside an orzo salad or red cabbage slaw they certainly add the finishing touches to dinner time. Really, this recipe is astonishingly quick and the results are among the most mouthwatering available on the food blog market.

Za'atar Flatbread Recipe (1)

Za’atar lends itself beautifully to recipes such as this. Firstly, it has as an astounding depth of flavour. Indeed, despite their simplicity these flatbreads carry a great deal of flavour. Secondly, since it contains a hefty portion of sumac, za’atar can be described as a relatively moist spice blend (please note the word relatively). Though you might usually expect a flatbread like this to catch and burn in some way, za’atar does not succumb to such inadequacies. You might say that its sole purpose was to adorn these scrumptious flatbreads.

Za’atar Flatbreads

Serves 2-4


  • 2 100g balls of pizza dough, room temperature

  • 2 tsp za’atar

  • A little flour for dusting

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Sprinkle a little plain flour on a clean surface and roll out each ball of dough into a rough circle 8 inches in diameter. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C(fan).

  2. Divide the za’atar between each flatbread, gently rubbing the spice blend into each leaving a border of a centimetre or so.

  3. Place both articles on a metal tray or heated pizza stone and bake for 10 minutes, until puffed up, cooked through and thoroughly golden.

  4. Drizzle each za’atar flatbread with a little good quality olive oil before serving.

Za'atar Flatbread Recipe (3) Za'atar Flatbread Recipe (2)

Cost: This recipe for za’atar flatbreads is of such a frugal persuasion that it almost seems pointless to jot their rough cost all the way down here. But pander to my format I must. These jolly lovely meal-makers should set you back no more than 50p… for both…

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32 comments on “Za’atar Flatbreads

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    February 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    They look wonderful!

  2. countrywoodsmoke
    February 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I remember loving za’atar breads like this in the Nigerian bush, there was a lebanese chef who cooked, them, and they have stayed a favourite of mine, will give your recipe a go for sure.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Awesome, that sounds fantastic Marcus – I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

  3. tomthebadger
    February 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Yes! I went on holiday last year and discovered (and loved) Za’atar, but then came home forgetting what it was called. Thanks for the reminder. Now I know what I’m looking for when I’m shopping next 🙂

  4. Anita Flowers - House of Angels
    February 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    They look SO good!

  5. cheri
    February 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    That is a great idea that you keep dough in the freezer ready to use. Love za’ atar. Thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Oh yes, always – makes for a very simple dinner.

  6. Mama's Gotta Bake
    February 20, 2014 at 12:16 am

    These are gorgeous. I’m a flatbread lover, especially with tahini or hummus!

  7. Chef Doru
    February 20, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Love za’atar. Yummy.

  8. huntfortheverybest
    February 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    i love bread. this looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you – I think everyone like bread 😀

  9. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    February 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    We love these! I used to buy Lebanese za’atar, but we now buy the Jordanian version – the boys seem to prefer it! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Celia. I only make my own, so I know not the difference!

  10. DellaCucinaPovera
    February 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Ahhh.. zaatar is one of my favorite things.. ever! This looks delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you – mine too. It’s just so delicious!

  11. aimee
    February 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    We can’t wait to try these. Great photos!

  12. Sam
    February 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I can taste them already! (smeared with hummus and labne and a little olive oil – yum!)

  13. ellamedler
    February 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I cheated. Oiled and rubbed the spice into some round pitta breads and dry-griddled them. They were awesome with some roast lamb and root veg, and a spoonful of soured cream. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      I’m a firm believer in doing things how they work best for you – glad you enjoyed them!

  14. 4plates2table
    February 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    These are my favorite. We have a Middle Eastern restaurant close by and I always order za’atar bread. They’re heaven with hummus! Great pics too!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I think they’re wonderful too – so simple and quick to make.

  15. Jenny @ BAKE
    March 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    These flat breads look fantastic, what a brilliant use for freezer dough. This is something I will be experimenting with in the future.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Thanks – we have a couple of balls of dough left too.

  16. baconbiscuit212
    March 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    So pretty! I don’t think I’ve tried making flatbreads from scratch before. I guess I thought they would be radically different from pizza dough, but I guess not! On the to-do list they go. Thank you, Nick!

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