Manakeesh is a classic Middle Eastern flatbread recipe often served for breakfast or lunch. We took the simple dough recipe and made it super easy. Topped with olive oil and za’atar, it’s a delicious, savory bread recipe you’ll look forward to eating!
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What Is Manakeesh?
Manakeesh, also known as manakish, manaeesh, manaqish, فَطَايِر, in Arabic, or manousheh in the singular version, is a popular Middle Eastern flatbread that is most commonly served for breakfast but is also enjoyed for lunch. You’ll find the dish in three varieties including za’atar (like we’re making today), cheese, and lamb. They’re all made with the same dough base but contain different toppings, making their flavor truly unique.
Similar to pizza, Manakeesh is made by shaping the dough into flat, round discs. Then, small divots are made in the dough to hold the toppings. Once baked, the dish is enjoyed sliced or folded and enjoyed by all!
What Is Za’atar?
A staple in Middle Eastern cooking and our kitchens, Za’atar is a spice blend used in a wide variety of recipes like Za’tar Chicken, Za’atar Air Fryer Potato Wedges, Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes and Za’atar Pita, and this Manakeesh recipe!
Every region has a slightly different take on the blend. However, it almost always contains a combination of earthy-tasting dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, and marjoram. It’s easy to find in most spice sections of your local grocery store. Or, you can make your own with a recipe like this!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Traditionally, Manakeesh is made by creating a type of homemade bread dough. However, to save time and make this recipe super easy, we’re using a shortcut! Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Za’atar Seasoning – You can easily make your own za’atar seasoning, but we prefer to use a pre-made blend like this.
- Olive Oil – This combines with the za’atar, and helps it cling to the rolls, enhancing their savory flavor.
- Frozen Dinner Rolls – Our secret weapon, any plain, fluffy dinner rolls will work for the base of your Manakeesh!
How to Make Za’atar Manakeesh
Of course, if you want, you can go through the process of making your own dough. However, we’ve found that this recipe is just as delicious and infinitely easier to make!
- Prepare the Rolls. Arrange the frozen dinner rolls on a greased sheet pan, roughly 3 inches apart. Then, cover them with saran wrap, and place them in a warm place until they have doubled in size.
- Create the Seasoning. In a small bowl, combine the Za’atar seasoning with oil.
- Shape the Dough. Gently pat the dinner rolls just until they are circular.
Important Note: Be careful not to flatten the dough out too much! You want them to be flat but not paper thin. Otherwise, they’re likely to overbake and burn.
- Bake. Brush the za’atar mixture on top of each disc of dough, and palace them back on the baking sheet, leaving spacing between each roll. Bake in the oven just until the edges are slightly golden.
- Cool. Transfer the Manakeesh to a wire rack, and let it cool completely.
Manakeesh Common Questions
Once completely cooled, Manakeesh can be transferred to an airtight container or sealable bag and stored at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Yes! Stored in a freezer-safe container, baked Manakeesh can be frozen for up to 3 months. To enjoy, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Or, heat them at 350° Fahrenheit in the oven directly from frozen.
More Bread and Flatbread Recipes
Looking for more savory bread recipes? Check out these great options below!
- Easy Focaccia Recipe with Tomatoes
- Garlic Caprese Bread
- Homemade Garlic Bread with Spinach and Artichokes
- Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
Za’atar Manakeesh Recipe
- 24 dinner rolls frozen
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup za’atar seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Brush a 13×18 baking sheet with olive oil. Set aside.
- Place the frozen dinner rolls 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with saran wrap, and place in a warm, dry place for 3-4 hours or until the rolls have doubled in size.
- In the meantime, combine the za’atar seasoning and olive oil in a small bowl, whisking until smooth.
- Using fingers, gently pat down the dinner rolls just until they are spread out. Be careful not to flatten them too much!
- Brush 1 tablespoon of the za’atar mixture on top of each roll, covering the surface completely.
- Place the dough on the greased baking sheet 2 inches apart.
- Bake 15-18 minutes or until the edges are beginning to turn golden brown.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.