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Homemade Pita Chips

Posted Aug 05 2011 1:24pm

Do you buy pita chips? Or do you have no idea what pita chips are? Well, in either case, you can easily make some at home. There is only one problem with homemade pita chips: they get devoured too quickly. Otherwise, they take ten minutes to make and can be dipped into anything or used for soups and salads instead of croutons. Best of all, there is no artificial ingredients in  them.

Buy a pack of pita chips or use the one that’s about to go bad. Cut the pitas into triangular-shaped quarters. Heat up the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the pita triangles on a baking tray and sprinkle them rather generously with olive oil. I use about 3/4 cup for one package of pita bread. Sprinkle them with sea salt and bake for about ten minutes, or until the edges are starting to get brown. Do not overbake!

*I like to sprinkle my pita chips with dry garlic after I get them out of the oven: this way they better retain the smell.

*I have also tried terragon, basil and dried parsley to give my chips different flavor: all were successful.

*A few drops of tabasco go a long way, if you like spicy food.

* If you really want to be creative, use pesto sauce instead of 1/2 of the amount of the olive oil. Sundried tomato pesto is my favorite.

*Some brown sugar and cinnamon instead of the sea salt is a winning combo for sweet lovers.

* Roasted sesame oil instead of the olive oil and sesame seeds, sprinkled on top will give your chips more sesame flavor and calcium.

*You can also sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the pita triangles prior to sticking them in the oven. In this case, make sure that all the cheese stays on the pitas and none hits the baking tray. If it does, it will burn in a nasty way. Allow your chips to cool off before serving them.

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