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Za'atar Rice Pilaf

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Za'atar is a great last-minute seasoning on all sorts of starchy foods, such as rice. I like to make a pilaf using za'atar in two stages: First, it's toasted with the rice in olive oil, and then more is added right before serving. Since za'atar has deep notes improved by cooking as well as lighter, delicate flavors best untouched by heat, this dual-application approach lets the za'atar really shine. This recipe is more about pilaf technique and showcasing za'atar than other ingredients, so feel free to make substitutions as needed. I wouldn't recommend a different type of sausage though; the chicken and the za'atar play well together and don't overwhelm the dish.

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