Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Homemade Pita Chips

Since Greg was complaining on Sunday night that he didn't have anything for his lunch on Monday, I whipped up a batch of hummus and made these homemade pita chips so he wouldn't go to work empty-handed. The pita chips were so easy to make, and it was nice to be able to use my favorite spices on them. Greg said that the pita chips were much better than store-bought chips, and he said one of his coworkers was very envious of his lunch! I also think the homemade pita chips were pretty darn tasty. The only thing I would do differently next time is make more chips - they went rather fast! Enjoy.

Recipe for Homemade Pita Chips (2 Ways)
Garlic Pita Chips
2 pieces of white pita bread
Homemade pita chips served with homemade hummus. A great snack or lunch!
2 Tbsp. of Wegmans Basting Oil w/Garlic & Herbs
Ground Kosher Salt
Spiced Pita Chips
2 pieces of white pita bread
2 Tbsp. of Extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp. of smoked paprika or other favorite spice
Several grinds of freshly ground black pepper
Coarse sea salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 2 baking sheets with foil. Cut pita bread into 8 triangles and then separate each piece by using your hands or a knife. You will end up with 16 triangles from each piece of bread.
Place each triangle on the prepared baking sheets.
For the garlic pitas - Put the garlic basting oil into a small bowl.
For the spices pita chips - put the 2 Tbsp. of oil, smoked paprika, and black pepper into a small bowl. Use a spoon to stir well. Take 1/2 tsp. of the garlic oil or spiced oil and then place a little of the oil onto the pitas and spread (you should be able to oil 4 triangles with the 1/2 tsp.). Continue this process until the tops of each triangle are spread with the oil. If making the garlic pitas, use a salt grinder to grind salt over the tops of each one. If making the spiced pitas, sprinkle a little bit of coarse sea salt over each one. Flip each one over, and repeat with the oiling and salting. Put pan into the oven. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes, then take out of oven and flip each piece over. Place back in oven for another 4 - 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly before snacking!
Eat plain or serve with homemade hummus.

*Each recipe makes 32 pita chips. Approximately 130 calories per 8 chips.*