Zaatar Recipe - Ham & Cheese Pull Apart Bread

Ham and cheese sandwiches are a classic lunchtime favorite, but once you’ve tried this zesty, cheesy, pull apart bread, those simple sandwiches will become a thing of the past.  This recipe requires just 5 simple ingredients and is a great way to feed a crowd! 

Smoky ham and shredded cheese are wrapped in delectable buttermilk biscuit balls and rolled in zaatar spiced melted butter.  Zaatar is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine and is used often on flatbreads, vegetables, fish, and poultry.  Wild Tyme’s Zaatar is a pure blend of the zaatar herb (with notes of oregano, thyme, and marjoram), sumac, roasted sesame seeds, and sea salt.  Our zaatar uses only the highest quality ingredients and is free of artificial ingredients and fillers.  We love using it in unconventional ways and experimenting with its many culinary possibilities (which is how we came up with this recipe), and we hope you do too! 

 This dish is perfect for brunch, picnics, parties…just about anything!  It’s a great way to use up leftover ham and can be served warm or at room temperature. 

 Zaatar Ham & Cheese Pull Apart Bread. ready to serve

Zaatar Ham & Cheese Pull Apart Bread   

Prep Time: 20 mins, Cook Time: 45 mins, Total Time: 65 mins
Servings: 16
Serving Size: 2 pieces
Calories: 176, Fat: 10g, Protein: 8g, Carbs: 14g, Fiber: 0g


2 (16 oz.) cans buttermilk biscuits
2 ½ cups shredded, Italian style cheese
1 ½ cups diced ham
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons Zaatar

 Zaatar Ham & Cheese Pull Apart Bread step one through step 8


  1. Place the butter in a shallow bowl and microwave on medium heat in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir in the zaatar and mix well. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a 9” cake, springform, or Bundt pan by generously brushing with the zaatar butter.
  3. Open the biscuits, separate, and cut each biscuit in half.
  4. Gently flatten out a biscuit half and place a pinch of cheese and several cubes of ham in the center. Pinch the sides up, form into a ball, and place seam side down on your work surface.  Continue this process until all of the biscuit halves have been filled.
  5. Take each biscuit ball, roll in the zaatar butter, and place in the prepared pan.
  6. After the first layer of balls have been placed in the pan, sprinkle about half of the remaining cheese over the top. Continue layering the biscuit balls on top and sprinkle with the last of the cheese.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let stand for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
  9. Enjoy as is or serve with a side of honey mustard for dipping!

 Zaatar Ham & Cheese Pull Apart Bread honey mustard recipe followed

   Simple Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons pure honey, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard until smooth. 





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