Sometimes I create things, and I just know they’re gonna taste good. But, SOMETIMES I create things and don’t realize they’re gonna taste WICKED good! That’s the case with this recipe, za’atar garbanzo beans & heirloom tomatoes. I think it’s the simple fresh ingredients and also the sautéing of the garbanzo beans in the sultry and seducing za’atar and hot smoky paprika!
Sounds kinda sexxxy, huh? Well, food should be sexxxy, seductive and savored for what it is. Pure palatable pleasure! So, go ahead, entice yourself with this exotic spice mixture from that’s so popular in the Middle East.
And, here’s my recipe for making your own homemade Za’atar. Of course, you can also purchase it from the grocer or Amazon!
za’atar garbanzo beans & heirloom tomatoes
Yield: About 6 servings
2 cups of green and red heirloom tomatoes cut into bites or halves (I had mini tomatoes so I sliced lengthwise in halves)
1 (15 ounce) garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
4 Tbl extra virgin olive oil (divided)
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt (divided)
2 tsp. za'atar mixture
1 tsp. hot smoked paprika
1/2 small sweet onion sliced into very thin half moon slices
1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp dried mint, garnish
Put the sliced tomatoes in a mixing bowl. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the beans, one teaspoon of salt, za'tar, and paprika and toss and blend the beans. Cook the beans about 15 minutes.
Put the beans into the tomatoes. Be sure to use a rubber spatula to get out all the good olive oil and drippings. Add the onions and toss together. Drizzle on the remaining olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar and toss.
Sprinkle with dried mint before serving.
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