What the heck are mana’eesh?
A man’ousheh (pl. mana'eesh) is a pizza-like crust topped with zaa’tar - a mix of olive oil, sesame seeds, oregano, thyme and other herbs - then typically baked in wood or gas fired ovens or on top of a hot saj.
Traditionally, Levantine women would bake dough in a communal oven in the morning, to provide their family with their daily bread needs, and would prepare smaller portions of dough with different toppings for breakfast at this time.
A man’ousheh, with its cousin lahm b’aajeen (meat version) are healthy and delicious alternatives to fast-food pizzas, burgers, breakfast muffins, doughnuts and food court stomach-stuffers.