For close to twenty years I could not go back to Beirut; I dreamt of this manooshe with zaatar and olive oil and tomatoes and cucumbers…baked fresh in the morning from the corner bakery…this pie encapsulated all of my nostalgic feelings..I still have to wait to get to Beirut to taste a really good manoosheh!..but here is a speedy version.
MAN’OOSHEH WITH ZA’ATAR
1/2 cup of zaatar mix
1/4 cup of toasted sesame seeds (optional)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 large ready-made pizza crust ( in a plastic pocket )
Unwrap the pizza. Set it aside. Mix the zaatar mix, sesame seeds and olive oil with a spoon in a small bowl.
Dump the bowl on the pizza and spread the mixture all over the pizza; set it in a preheated oven for a quarter of an hour or so. Use the directions on the pizza wrapper to avoid problem.
That’s it! Now some people add the following on top of the cooked pizza:
Fresh sliced tomatoes, olives, crisp cucumbers, olives, fresh mint leaves, feta or labneh cheese.
You can cook 2 (or more) manoosheh, eat one and freeze the rest conveniently in plastic bags and just microwave the bag for 20 seconds or so to refresh it.
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