The Middle East's Pizza Heritage
The Man’oushe (mana'esh or manakeesh or , plural) is a cherished national pie of Middle Eastern countries. Much like the Pizza pie of Italian heritage, Mana'esh is ubiquities in the Levant countries and loved by children and adults alike, and during just about any part of the day. While created with only three mainstay ingredients (dough, olive oil, and Zaatar), yet it invites vast culinary creativity and pride in homes and corner bakeries. Again, like Pizza making, dough recipes vary abundantly, so do tomato sauce recipes, and perhaps to a lesser extent, the cheese. It is similar with Mana'esh. In this recipe, and for convenience and speed, we leave the dough recipe to a professional baker (but stress it must be pizza dough) at your choice of grocery store (Also your choice of olive oil.) However, we recommend our very own Tyme Foods’ Zaatar for the best full-bodied flavor and taste. As we discuss in the About Zaatar page, and because there are no universal standards on what constitutes “Zaatar” it is essential to select a high quality blend.
Zaatar Mana'esh Bread Ingredients
1 lb ready pizza dough (white or whole wheat)
6 - 8 tablespoons Zaatar
8 -9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1- heat the oven to 500 degree and place a baking sheet or pizza stone in the lower middle position.
2- mix the Zaatar with olive oil
3- divide the pizza dough to four ball and work with each one to form a circle of 8 to 10 inches diameter.
4- spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of Zaatar mix over the pizza dough then place the dough on the heated baking sheet or pizza stone.
5- bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minute
6- add slice of cucumber or your favorite vegetable and enjoy it with cup of tea.