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Olive oil fried eggs with za'taar

Za'atar is a Levantine cuisine mix of herbs and spices including marjoram, sumac, thyme, sesame seeds and other ingredients. It is used both as a seasoning on top of dishes as well as in stews and on grilled meats as flavouring.

In this dish, za'atar helps brighten the otherwise boring fried eggs with a herby finish. The spices are mild and flavourful. This is a very simple recipe and I include it in my blog as how a simple seasoning can change an otherwise everyday dish to something special.

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1 tablespoon olive oil

2 eggs

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

11/2 teaspoon za'taar

1 slice sourdough, toasted if desired

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil. Crack the eggs into the oil and cook on medium heat till the edges are crisp. The yolks should be semi-cooked by now.

Add the toast to a plate. Slide the egg onto the plate and grate some fresh pepper and salt onto the egg. Finish with the za'taar. Serve immediately while hot.

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