Homemade za'atar tastes much better than the shop-bought equivalent. Once you try it, you'll want to sprinkle it on everything. Begin this recipe a day ahead to make the zucchini tzatziki. This recipe makes 12 kebabs.
- 1.5 kg piece of boneless pork leg or pork shin, skin removed, cut into rough 2cm pieces
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp each ground cumin, sweet paprika and dried oregano
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- To serve: lemon wedges, parsley, coriander and mint leaves (all optional)
- To serve: pita bread
- 600 gm thick plain yoghurt
- 3 zucchini, coarsely grated
- 1½ garlic cloves, crushed
- Juice of 1½ lemons
- 250 ml (1 cup) white wine vinegar
- 100 gm caster sugar
- 4 Spanish onions, cut into thin wedges
- 1 tbsp each pomegranate juice and honey
- 35 gm sesame seeds (¼ cup)
- ¼ cup (firmly packed) oregano leaves
- 2 tbsp (firmly packed) thyme leaves
- 1 tsp sumac
- 1For zucchini tzatziki, place yoghurt in a muslin-lined colander over a bowl, cover and refrigerate until whey has drained and yoghurt is very thick (overnight), then discard whey. Transfer yoghurt to a bowl, add remaining ingredients, season to taste, mix to combine and refrigerate until required.
- 2Meanwhile, skewer 6 pieces of pork onto each of 12 wooden skewers and place in a non-reactive container. Add lemon juice, oil, spices, oregano and garlic, toss to combine and refrigerate to marinate (1-2 hours).
- 3For pickled onion, bring vinegar and sugar to the simmer in a saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, then set aside to cool. Add remaining ingredients and set aside for flavours to develop until required.
- 4For za’atar, toast sesame seeds and herbs in a small saucepan over medium heat until seeds are just golden and herbs are dried (5-7 minutes). Transfer to a mortar and pestle, add sumac and 1 tbsp sea salt, coarsely grind and set aside.
- 5Preheat barbecue to medium heat, add kebabs and cook, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through (15-20 minutes). Meanwhile, wrap pita bread in foil and warm on the barbecue or in a low-temperature oven. Serve with kebabs, zucchini tzatziki, pickled onion and za’atar.