Fragrant za'atar, a spice blend ubiquitous in Israel and across the Middle East, flavors these briny, feta-stuffed olives with its notes of thyme, marjoram, sumac, and sesame seeds. Lemon, chile, and parsley cut through the rich, herbaceous flavors, adding a bright freshness to these easy, bite-size appetizers.

November 2021

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Credit: Photo by Dan Perez / Food Styling and Prop Styling by Nurit Kariv

Recipe Summary test

chill:
4 hrs
total:
20 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Use a Y-shaped peeler to remove the lemon peel in 1 1/2-inch segments. Cut each lemon peel segment lengthwise into thin strips. Reserve remaining lemon for another use.

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  • Stir together lemon peel strips, oil, jalapeño, parsley, za'atar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside. 

  • Stuff 1 feta cheese stick into each olive, using the wide end of a chopstick, if needed. Add stuffed olives to za'atar mixture in bowl, and toss to combine. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Let olives come to room temperature before serving.

Make Ahead

Olives can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container.

Note

Find za'atar online at kalustyans.com or at Middle Eastern grocery stores.

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