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Monday, August 20, 2012

How to Make Your Own Pita Chips

On the cheap and simple.....make your own Pita Chip snacks....for dips....(especially Hummus)....or just pop them in your mouth as is.

What you'll need to make this happen:

1 pack of pita bread (buy day old and really save $$$)
olive oil
2 small bowls
pastry brush
sea salt (not pictured)

favorite seasonings (optional): garlic powder, chili powder, Parmesan cheese, cinnamon & sugar, etc.
large cookie sheet
pre-heated 400 degree oven


Start with a multi-pack of pita bread (my preference is whole wheat.) Place 1-3 of the pita bread circles onto a cutting board and using a large sharp knife (non-serrated) cut them into 4 strips/sections. Cut each strip into several triangle shapes about 2" in size. Because the pita bread is a two-sided pocket, separate each cut triangle into 2 pieces and lay them onto a cutting board.

Pour a small amount of olive oil and sea salt into two separate small bowls. While the cut pita triangles are laying on the cutting board use the pastry brush to slightly brush the top side of each cut piece. Add a small sprinkling of sea salt to the top 'oiled' side of the pita triangle (or more if you like.) If you are planning to flavor your pita, now is a good time to do so.

Place as many of the 'oiled' pita triangles as close as possible onto your cookie sheet without layering them. Place the cookie sheet into the pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for 5 minutes until they are crisp and lightly browned. My oven heats hotter to the back so after 3 minutes I rotate the front to the back for the last 2 minutes for even baking. Most cooks know how their oven heats and will make these types of necessary adjustments. Transfer the baked pita triangles onto a heat-proof serving plate when finished baking. It only takes a few minutes for them to cool. If you make a large amount of these you can store them in some type of a plastic bag (with either a tie or zipper) - even an empty bread bag will work.

As I'm always preaching,  make it from scratch. It's so much cheaper, tastier and maybe even healthier because you made it the way you wanted to! It's also such a simple recipe you might want to include the little ones in helping prepare them - teach them the art of scratch cooking while they're young - develop fond memories they can take with them into adulthood!


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