Zaatar (thyme) Swirls

A quick, easy, delicious and funappetizer that will please anyone including the little ones! Zaatar mix is rolled in a doughand and cut into swirls. Zaatar is an herby mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame popluar in Syria.


  • 1 recipe of Ajeen (Savory Dough) or one ready pizza crust or one puff pastry sheet
  • 1/2 cup zaatar (add some sumac to taste if it doesn’t have any)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thick crushed tomato (or one medium tomato, crushed)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spray a cookie sheet with some oil and set aside.
  2. to make the filling, combine tomato, zaatar and olive oil and mix well. Set aside for three minutes to thicken.
  3. With a rolling pin, spread the dough on a lightly floured surface to make a 18″*11″ rectangle. If using puff pastry, follow instructions on packet to defrost and spread.
  4. Spread the filling over the entire rectangle.
  5. Roll the dough to make one long cylander. Then, with a pairing knife, cut it into 1/2″ slices.
  6. Place the slices, cut side down, onto baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pasteries from baking sheets and let cool on wire rack for 10 mintues.
  8. Zaatar swirls go well with Tabouli salad.

makes 20-24 swirls