It’s unclear to me when Dukkah Nut & Spice Blend first hit the shelves at Trader Joe’s. I discovered it a couple of years ago. Word on the street though, is that it was introduced, then discontinued, only to make a major comeback. Dukkah has different spellings and different ingredients depending on where you buy it. Trader Joe’s Blend includes almonds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, anise seeds, and kosher salt. It has a noticeable black licorice-like taste that comes from the anise. I enjoy eating Dukkah by the spoonful but if you haven’t tried it and still aren’t quite sure, Manakish is an easy way to break into your first jar.
Manakish has several alternate spellings in English, but basically means Middle Eastern flatbread. Originating from the area known as the Levant, this flatbread is typically topped with Za’atar a mixture of dried thyme, sesame seed, salt, sumac, and sometimes wheat germ. But today we are going to make it with Dukkah.
3 Tablespoons Dukkah Nut & Spice Blend
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil of your choice
2-3 Trader Joes Pita Bread (regular or whole wheat)
Put it together
Preheat oven to 400° Mix Dukkah and Olive Oil together in a small bowl until Dukkah is completely covered in oil. Spoon mix generously on pita and spread to cover most of the surface. You should be able to cover anywhere from 2-4 pitas depending on how generous you want to be. Pop these bad boys in the oven for 5 minutes. Then remove from the oven and (this may prove challenging) let cool for just a few minutes so you don’t burn your mouth. Enjoy this toasty goodness with some of Trader Joe’s Earl Grey tea for a real Middle Eastern snack experience!