The popularity of Middle Eastern food has risen sharply in the West in the last few years. Yotam Ottolenghi’s beautiful cookbook "Jerusalem," and other popular cookbooks featuring Middle Eastern cuisines, have sparked interest in exploring these dishes. Sumac has become one of the trendiest spices, touted by Alton Brown, Bon Apetit, and other sources. Anyone who's visited the souks and spice markets in the region will recall the fragrant, colorful piles of spices in an endless array. The four spices in this box are just the beginning for lovers of Middle Eastern cuisine.
Considered essential for cooking in the Middle East, this ground berry has a very nice, fruity-tart flavor in addition to its lovely deep red color, which makes a very attractive garnish. Commonly used as a table condiment; nice sprinkled on fish, chicken, rice pilaf, raw onions, hummus, and fries.
RAS EL HANOUT
Ras El Hanout translates to "top of the shop", the best blend a spice merchant has to offer. This is a traditional Arabic blend, common to Muslim and Sephardic cuisines, made with the spices their culture prefers. Use for flavoring roasted meats, rice dishes, and couscous. Recipe courtesy of Kitty Morse. Hand mixed from: black pepper, cardamom, sea salt, ginger, cinnamon, mace, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, and saffron.
This tasty herb blend is typically mixed with olive oil and spread on bread; sometimes this is done at the table, other times the mix is spread on the bread dough before baking. Za'atar also serves as a seasoning to sprinkle on vegetables and salads, or to season meatballs or kebabs. Hand mixed from: sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, hyssop, oregano.
STREET CART SHAWARMA
This shawarma seasoning recreates the Middle Eastern treat where flavorful shaved meats are piled on top of pita bread and smothered with toppings. The meat is first marinated in spices and slow roast on a pit - the smell alone is amazing. Use this blend to marinate chicken, beef, or lamb before grilling or roasting. Hand mixed from: coriander, sumac, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, turmeric, cloves, allspice.