It is believed that za’atar makes the mind alert and lends the body great strength (oh, yeah!). This Middle Eastern herb blend (spelled numerous ways including “zatar”, “zahtar”… ) is generally a mix from the thyme and oregano families combined with sesame seed, sea salt and sumac. Its most common use is as a topping on baked pita; sprinkled on hummus or incorporated into meat dishes. Today, I had acorn squashes that were crying out to be eaten. We were in the mood for roasted garlic. I had just had an inspiring conversation about za’atar with a friend. Sometimes the planets just align themselves to produce dinner!
ROASTED SQUASH WITH GARLIC CLOVES AND ZA’ATAR
2 medium acorn aqush, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
10 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
1/4 cup olive oil
1+1/2 tablespoons za’atar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in a medium roasting pan and toss well to combine.
Roast for about 30 minutes until veggies are soft and golden.
Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired.
Serves 4 as a side.