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Za’atar and Feta Pizza

August 23, 2009
Za'atar +Feta Thin Crust Pizza


A few weeks ago I discovered a new local restaurant with a wood fired oven. With the quality of ingredients on the pizza and the smoky flavour from the oven, I was sold. Since then, I’ve been having sporadic bouts of pizza craving. 

When I’m low on supplies, I just stand in front of my refrigerator and stare at it, hoping something materialises. This time around I gaped until my mind paired the tub of feta with the za’atar. Perfect! I’d mix the za’atar with some extra virgin olive oil until it is spreadable then brush it on some pizza dough (oh, the craving!) top it off with some crumbled feta. Why didn’t I so this sooner?! I used the whole wheat pizza dough recipe I got off Oprah’s website and made two thin crust pizzas. After taking a bite from the first one, I realised it needed a kick, so I added some chopped jalapenos to the next one I made and finally achieved the flavour I was looking for.


Making Za'atar + Feta Pizza

Za’atar and Feta Pizza
Yield: 2 thin crust pizzas

Pizza dough (your favoruite recipe)
Cornmeal for sprinkling
4 tbsp za’atar
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8-10 pickled jalapenos (depending on how spicy you like your pizza)
200g/ about 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

  1. Roll out the pizza dough thinner than you’d like your pizza crust, because the bread’s going to rise.
  2. Transfer the dough to the baking stone or a thick baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and za’atar. Add enough olive oil until you get a spreadable mixture (since sometimes the za’atar contain roasted wheat which tends to absorb the oil).
  4. Generously brush the rolled out pizza dough with the za’atar mixture.
  5. Dot the pizza with crumbled feta.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes in a preheated oven set at 250°C/500°F or as high as your oven can go (if it’s higher make sure to watch the pizza closely because it’ll be done in no time!)
  7. Slice it and serve.


  • Reply George August 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    That looks beautiful, I could eat it right now :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

  • Reply Palidor August 23, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Mmmm, that is one tasty-looking pizza! I would love a slice.

  • Reply Sudeshna August 23, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    I just can't resist the temptation of pizza. LOve them so so much :). Can you please let me know if I can prepare this in a microwave oven too?

  • Reply Shaheen August 23, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Thanks Palidor and George. :)

    Sudeshna, I've made pizza in a convection microwave with good results. Just make sure to use a thick pizza pan to help you achieve a crisp crust.

  • Reply Cynthia August 24, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    So gourmet and delicious!

  • Reply Heidi Leon Monges August 24, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    I think Za'atar it's a spice-condiment that is so underated!. This crave-pizza just make justice to it :)

    oh my, and the jalapenos!!

  • Reply Shifa Firoz August 24, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    yummyummm! we had this from UAE and the taste and smell is still haunting us! thnaks for sharing the recipe will sure try this and let you know. :)

  • Reply diva August 24, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    homemade pizza is yum! and this sure does look so rustic and delicious

  • Reply The Wandering Minstrel August 24, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    goodness, i adore your blog :) although I feel more about cooking, the way you do about baking. especially Indian. and having a husband who is gourmet helps a lot too :) i am not much of an eater. recommending ur blog to one of my friends who is the group's official baker and cookie maker :)

  • Reply Nags August 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    the crust has come out so well, gotta try!

  • Reply Big Boys Oven August 24, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    I am salivating now while drooling with my pair of eyee! jolly yummy good!

  • Reply Shaheen August 24, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Thank you, all. :)

    Heidileon: I totally agree with you. I'm just draining some yoghurt to make some labneh with the za'atar!

    Wanderin Minstel: Thank you for recommending :) I agree with you; a partner who appreciates good food is very encouraging.

  • Reply Simran August 24, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    This is sooooooo good. Which is this pizza restaurant?

  • Reply stephchows August 24, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    mmmmm I can just smell it! I actually just tried grilling pizza outside on my gas grill last night! It came out so tasty!

  • Reply koshercamembert August 24, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    I love za'atar and mixed with feta sounds perfect. Beautiful pics as well.

  • Reply Anonymous August 25, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    I use zaatar in fatouche all the time and sprinkle it on salada, pasta ,lentil gives it a little extra flavor, also with a diah of olive oil to dip a baquette into

  • Reply Ingrid August 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    Yum, now I'm going to be crazying pizza! Looks delish!

  • Reply pierre August 25, 2009 at 8:57 PM

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  • Reply Justin August 26, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    this looks great. i like the simplicity of the oil and spice mixture that you spread on the crust.

  • Reply Heavenly Housewife August 26, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Wow this looks so delicious. I love the flavours. I'm definitely booking marking this one. Thanks :D

  • Reply Jasmine August 28, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    That looks really good :D

    Also, the staring at the fridge, waiting for something to materialize- I do that too! Lol, I thought I was the only one :)

  • Reply Anushruti August 29, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    I'm craving pizza after reading this Shaheen….looks absolutely delectable!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie August 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM


  • Reply Sprouted Kitchen August 31, 2009 at 3:12 AM

    yum! i love thin crust pizza, the more toppings and flavors, teh better. This looks like something new, and I like new ;)

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  • Reply Atishay October 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Hi Shaheen, just came across the blog today thanks to my sis and I just love it! Great stuff!

    Coming to this particular recipe, how’d it be if I put in the lumps of feta after the pizza has baked? Just to let it remain creamy and melt a bit. Would that work?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie October 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM

      Thanks Atishay! The feta crumbled just after the pizza is baked works too. Enjoy the pizza.

  • Reply madhushrree March 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    I tried this and it was great.
    Can you send link for Oprah Site for the pizza dough recipe tho!!

  • Reply Sarah January 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Made this last night. It was very good, but the zaatar that I bought was very salty. Between that and the feta cheese it was extremely salty. I’d recommend tasting your zatar before using 4 TBSP.

  • Reply Molly January 9, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    I just found za’atar at my store and wanted to buy it but didn’t know what to make with it – now I know! This will be so great grilled on the barbeque.

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