grilled slices of puffball mushroom coated in za'atar spice on a blue plate

Manakish (or manaeesh) is a Levantine dish consisting of pita bread, slathered in za’atar, cheese, or minced meat and baked, almost like an Arabic pizza. It is usually eaten for breakfast or lunch and can be found in bakeries and shops all over the world. 

Giving puffball mushrooms a similar treatment makes for seasoned crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside deliciousness! If you have a smoker, definitely use it, but this could just as easily be done on the grill or in the oven.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Ready in35 min


  • 1 medium sized giant puffball mushroom*
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Za’atar spice blend
  • Flaky salt



Preheat oven, smoker, or grill to 300°F (150°C).

Peel skin off of puffball using a sharp knife.


Slice mushroom into 1 inch (2.5 cm) slices.

Working with one steak at a time, generously brush both sides of each steak with olive oil, then season heavily on both sides with za’atar and salt. 


Cook mushrooms for approx. 30 minutes (cooking times will vary), flipping occasionally, until outside is browned and crispy


Serve as is, or in smaller chunks. 


*Only eat wild mushrooms that have been positively ID’d. If the puffball is at all green, yellow, or brown inside, throw it out or you could become sick!

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