Ultimate Homemade Pita Chips!

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Turn plain pita into crunchy, flavorful chips with a touch of minty garlic and zaatar-sumac sprinkle. A cafe-style treat perfect for every gathering

Hello, fellow foodies! If you’re anything like me, you can’t resist the satisfying crunch of pita chips. But here’s the twist – these are no ordinary chips; they’re homemade pita chips and the real deal.

Imagine having leftover pita bread, and instead of letting it go to waste, you turn it into addictively crunchy chips. Whether you prefer a touch of sweet cinnamon or the classic combo of extra virgin olive oil and kosher salt, the result is pure snacking perfection. These chips are not just for snacking; they elevate soups, make a quick pita bread pizza, or pair perfectly with Mediterranean dips like hummus and tzatziki.

Ingredients for Homemade Pita Chips

  • Pita Bread (6 pieces): The foundation of your chips, these pieces transform into crispy delights, providing the perfect canvas for your flavorful toppings.
  • Mint Dressing: Elevate your chips with a refreshing mint dressing. For the recipe, refer to the instructions below.
  • Zaatar and Sumac Mixture (or paprika with dry oregano or thyme): This aromatic blend of zaatar and sumac imparts a burst of Middle Eastern flavors, enhancing your homemade pita chips with a delightful, savory kick. If you don’t have the premade mixture, creating your own with paprika and herbs is a great alternative.

Tips for the Best Baked Pita Chips

  • When it comes to crafting the perfect baked pita chips, a few tips can make all the difference:
  • Shape and Size: The choice is yours – break the pita bread before or after baking based on your preference. Consider how you’ll use them – for dipping, as salad toppers, or simple snacking – and decide accordingly.
  • Olive Oil: Don’t skimp on this essential ingredient. The right amount ensures perfect crispiness without making the chips too greasy.
  • Cooling: Let your chips cool thoroughly; this step is essential for maximum crunchiness.
  • Spice It Up: While our recipe calls for a za’atar and sumac sprinkle, feel free to get creative. Add a dash of cayenne for some heat or Parmesan for a cheesy twist.

Dip, Crunch, Repeat

Pita chips, born from humble pita bread, are undeniably versatile. Here are a few delightful renditions:

  • Classic Olive Oil and Salt: Brushed with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt, these chips are perfect for dipping into Mediterranean delicacies like creamy hummus, tangy tzatziki, or spicy muhammara.
  • Cinnamon Twist: Looking for a sweeter take? Give your chips a cinnamon twist – ideal for movie nights or dessert platters.
  • Soup’s Crunchy Companion: Pita chips can replace croutons and add a crunchy dimension to soups, whether a warm bowl of tomato soup or a cold gazpacho.

The Cafe’s Signature Pita Chips

The cafe and pita chips are more than just a snack; they’re a flavor experience. My signature version features a unique flavor profile:

Minty Za’atar Delight: Our famed pita chips are dressed with a luxurious blend of mint and garlic, followed by a sprinkle of za’atar and sumac. The result is a burst of flavors – sweet, tangy, and earthy. Each chip is a delightful surprise, clarifying why they’re always in demand!

Minty Garlic Dressing

Ingredients:

  • Fresh mint leaves from 1 bunch
  • 2 tablespoons dry mint
  • 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Combine fresh and dry mint with garlic and salt in a blender.
  2. Blend while gradually drizzling in lemon juice and olive oil until creamy.
How to Make Ultimate Homemade Pita Chips!

Preparation

1.
Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
While the oven is heating, prepare your pita bread. If they are not already split into two rounds, carefully open them up from the edge.
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2.
Lay out the split pitas on your prepared baking sheet. Using a squeeze bottle or a brush, evenly drizzle or spread the mint dressing over the surface of each pita round.
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3.
Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the pitas for approximately 10 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown and crisp around the edges.
After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully sprinkle your zaatar and sumac mixture (paprika, oregano, or thyme mix) evenly over the baked pitas.
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Return the baking sheet to the oven, rotating the tray for even cooking. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the pitas are fully crispy and golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let the pita chips cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to crisp up as they cool.
Enjoy with your favorite dip!
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Ingredients:

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Adjust Servings
6 pita breads , split open into two rounds each
Mint dressing (as needed)
Mixture of zaatar and sumac, to taste (if you don’t have this premade mixture, substitute it with a mix of paprika, dry oregano or thyme)

Preparation

1
Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. While the oven is heating, prepare your pita bread. If they are not already split into two rounds, carefully open them up from the edge.
2
Lay out the split pitas on your prepared baking sheet. Using a squeeze bottle or a brush, evenly drizzle or spread the mint dressing over the surface of each pita round.
3
Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the pitas for approximately 10 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown and crisp around the edges. After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully sprinkle your zaatar and sumac mixture (paprika, oregano, or thyme mix) evenly over the baked pitas.
4
Return the baking sheet to the oven, rotating the tray for even cooking. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the pitas are fully crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the pita chips cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to crisp up as they cool. Enjoy with your favorite dip!

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

How to Store Pita Chips

Pita chips can be kept like any other chips. They can be saved for up to a week when kept in an airtight container. Make sure to keep them in sealable airtight containers such as zip-lock bags to avoid stale chips. They can last anywhere from 3 days up to an entire week. The earlier you eat the pita chips, the better they will taste.

How to Store Leftover Dressing

If you have leftover dressing, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. It’s best to keep the salad dressing in a squeeze bottle to keep it as fresh as possible. The garlic, mint flavor of the dressing is so good on potato or brussel sprout topped with crumbled feta or goat cheese. Try it on different grilled and roasted vegetables to see what else it tastes good with. It also makes an excellent marinade for chicken or dressing for any salad like Greek or fattoush salad or any of your favorite salads.

Nutrition Information

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