Thyme is an extremely fragrant herb with thin, woody stems and small, pungent leaves. Available in both fresh or dried, this herb is easily found in most supermarkets year-round. It has been a staple in southern European and Mediterranean cuisines for centuries.
Thyme pairs well with meat, tomatoes, and beans. It is the main ingredient in the classic French herb combinations Boquet Garni and Herbes de Province. These herb blends are frequently used to flavor meat, stews, and soups. In Mediterranean cuisine, thyme is a popular seasoning for lamb dishes as the slightly floral flavor of thyme lightens the sometimes gamy taste of lamb. Za'atar, a popular herb blend in Mediterranean cuisine, features thyme as the main ingredient. Thyme is also used to flavor cheeses, lentils, and even tea.
Since thyme pairs so well with eggs, tomatoes, and cheese, it makes an excellent addition to omelets and egg strata. This herb is also an ideal seasoning for poultry; it can be found in a poultry seasoning blends as well as recipes for stuffing.
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