Zaatar Spring Rolls

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This zaatar spring rolls recipe is a Lebanese inspired oven-baked appetizer that's savory, crunchy & incredibly easy to make with wonton/egg wrappers

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Zaatar Spring Rolls

Growing up in a Lebanese family, we loved eating sambousek, which is a popular cheese-stuffed pastry that’s fried and fabulous. When we moved to the U.S., my mom started embracing alternatives to traditionally-fried foods, and we pretty much never did any deep frying in my house since then. It was something we enjoyed when we were out at restaurants but not so much at home.

I remember when my mom first bought egg rolls wrappers from the store and made Chinese inspired spring rolls. Then another time she was missing a couple ingredients and made some substitutes, and again more substitutes until we started calling them surprise rolls!

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And one day, zaatar spring rolls were the best surprise ever!!

Plate of zaatar spring rolls with one spring roll being dipped into labneh yogurt dip with mint leaves.

Till this very day, we all love when my mom makes surprise spring rolls. And I started making them in my house as well because I could use leftover chicken, cheese, vegetables or whatever, roll them up, pop them in the oven and produce the best appetizers ever!

For this sambousek reipe, I use halloumi cheese because it’s dubbed “the non-melting cheese”. Halloumi cheese is my fave! It literally doesn’t melt so you can fry it, bake it, sautee it and it will retain its shape! I also add mint leaves on the inside.

Plate with halloumi cheese, mint leaves, zaatar and wonton wrappers to make zaatar spring rolls

Then I roll it up, spray it with olive oil and sprinkle the zaatar.

Grid showing the steps to fold zaatar spring rolls

I bake in the oven, but you can also fry it if you prefer.

Baking tray with parchment paper showing zaatar spring rolls all rolled up

And this is what they look like fresh from the oven:

Zaatar spring rolls fresh from the oven on a baking dish with parchment paper.

These zaatar spring rolls sambousek that were inspired by my mom, are:

  • golden crispy on the outside
  • soft and salty on the inside
  • and utterly addicting all over!

Dip them in labneh (Arabic yogurt cheese) for a perfect bite!

This zaatar spring rolls recipe is a Lebanese inspired oven-baked appetizer that's savory, crunchy & incredibly easy to make! Also known as cheese sambousek

 

I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Zaatar Spring Rolls (Sambousek) recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.

The post was updated on May 30, 2018 to include a video recipe and new photos.

4.5 from 8 votes
This zaatar spring rolls recipe is a Lebanese inspired oven-baked appetizer that's savory, crunchy & incredibly easy to make! Also known as cheese sambousek
Zaatar Spring Rolls
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This zaatar spring rolls recipe is a Lebanese inspired oven-baked appetizer that's savory, crunchy & incredibly easy to make with wonton/egg wrappers
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: cheese stuffed rolls, Spring rolls
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 119 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
  • 16 oz halloumi cheese or Syrian cheese soft white cheese like Ackawi
  • 16 square 7-inch egg roll wrappers (I use Nasoya)
  • 1 small bunch mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup zaatar
  • Small bowl of water for sealing edges
  • Olive oil or cooking spray for coating
  • Labneh yogurt cheese for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the halloumi or other white cheese block into slices about the size of your thumb.
  3. Arrange the egg roll wrappers on a dry cutting board or other working surface, and position them at an angle so that the corner of each wrapper is closest to you.
  4. Place a slice of the cheese at an angle in the lower third of each spring roll wrapper, and sprinkle with the fresh mint. Dab your fingers in the bowl of water and rub it around the edges.
  5. Beginning at the bottom angle closest to you, roll the wrapper up and fold the edges inward along the way. Roll the wrapper shut, adding a dab of extra water if needed. Press lightly to seal the edges together.
  6. Place the stuffed eggs rolls seam side down on the prepared baking dish, and repeat with the remaining wrappers until complete.
  7. Brush the egg rolls lightly with olive oil or coat them with cooking spray, then sprinkle the zaatar spice.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until they are golden brown and crisped on the outside, about 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with labneh yogurt cheese, if desired.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • If you can’t find halloumi cheese or Syrian cheese, you can use any other table white cheese of your choice (like mozzarella). However, since these other cheeses will melt, I would advise you to freeze the egg wrappers before baking in the oven to keep the cheese intact in the middle. Or you can use a smaller size cheese portion in the wrapper.
  • For best results, I would recommend that you thaw wraps at room temperature before using so they don’t easily break while handling them.
  • If you prefer to fry these, you can heat the oil to 350°F and place rolls flaps down a few at a time in a large skillet, and fry until golden.
  • If you have any leftovers, which is highly unlikely, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 7 days. You can reheat them in a toaster oven to get them crunchy again.
Nutrition Facts
Zaatar Spring Rolls
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 386mg 16%
Potassium 12mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 28.9%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    Andrea
    October 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Do you think these would still hold up well if you added another element inside the rolls such as hummus?

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    Noora
    October 2, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I made this recipe this morning for breakfast. My family loved them. They are tasty. Perfect recipe. 👍🏼👍🏼

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      October 2, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you liked the recipe!! Thanks for sharing with me 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary
    September 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Waou this a great idea halloum and deep in labné. Sahten wa hana🇱🇧🇱🇧

  • Reply
    Liz
    August 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    What is zaatar?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      August 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Zaatar is basically is spice blend made up mostly of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds.

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    michelle manori
    June 20, 2018 at 6:27 am

    no wonton wrappers here. what can i use or make onstead?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      June 20, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      You can use any dough and just make it super thin! Hope that works!

  • Reply
    Tilly
    June 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    These just became my favourite appetiser!

  • Reply
    Makos (@thehungrybites)
    March 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Yumna! These look delicious!!!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Hey! Thank you so much!!

  • Reply
    Amy
    March 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Definitely super easy to make every day . I enjoy it as a snack, as an appetizer & on the go meal.

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    Salwa
    January 24, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Very appetizing, once you start you can’t stop.

  • Reply
    AJ
    January 19, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Amazing ????

  • Reply
    Wassim
    January 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    ????????????????????????????. So delicious!!!

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    January 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Zaatar is my favorite! I even add it to dressings and roasted potatoes!

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