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Za'atar cheese melts

These za’atar cheese melts are the ultimate finger food appetizer, with a flavourful tangy and herbal taste.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: European
Keyword: Babybel, cheese melts, Za'atar
Servings: 20 pieces


Za'atar Cheese Melts

  • 20 babybel cheese
  • 60 g breadcrumbs 1 cup
  • 2   eggs beaten
  • 65 g flour 1/2 cup
  • 2 tbsp Za'atar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • marinara sauce to serve optional


  • Remove all the wrappings from the babybel cheese and set aside.
  • Prepare three bowls. In the first one prepare the flour seasoned with black pepper. In another add the beaten eggs. Lastly, in a third bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and the za'atar.
  • Working with a cheese piece at a time, first dip the cheese in the flour, then in the egg, and finally in the breadcrumbs and za'atar mixture. Make sure that each cheese is evenly and completely breaded.
  • Put the breaded cheese in the fridge to rest for about 15 minutes.
  • Fill a large pot with vegetable oil, pour enough oil so that the cheese melts have enough space to cook in, about 7 cm. Heat the oil to about 170°C.
  • Cook each cheese melt for about 2 minutes on each side, until the crust is nicely golden.
  • Serve immediately warm so that the cheese is still melty on the inside. Ideally served with some marinara sauce or with any dip of your liking, such as cranberry sauce or barbecue sauce.