Pita chips are a wonderful innovation created for dipping and crunching on.
Sold in supermarkets, but making your own beats anything store bought.
Whether you use white or wheat pita, these pita triangles are bound to be hit.
How to Make Pita Chips
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit (200ºC).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the pita pieces as evenly as possible.
Place the tray in the oven and watch carefully until the chips turn golden brown.
Once removed from the oven, allow the pita chips to cool to room temperature.
History of Pita Bread
It has been a key element of middle eastern cuisine for about four thousand years.
Pita bread originated from areas in the west of the Mediterranean Sea.
It was carried as food, or baked by traders who usually traveled across the arabian desert.
The first pita bread was made of a flour and water dough, which was left outside to absorb the natural yeasts found in the environment.
These natural yeasts in turn allowed the bread to rise, and then was cooked in an outdoor hot fire.
Nowadays, pita bread can be cooked in an indoor oven at high temperatures (Around 800-900 Fahrenheit).
The combination of yeast and high oven temperature allows the dough to expand and cook in 1-2 minutes.
The hot temperatures create steam that then forms the interior pocket.
In the Middle East, pitas are often still cooked in a backyard wood fired or brick oven.
Eating with Pita Bread: Scooping and Dipping
Pita chips are eaten with any dip you can imagine, and occasionally eaten like chips.
Pita bread is a good source of fiber, protein; low in fat, and sugar.
Usually, one pita usually contains fewer calories than two slices of bread.
Many cultures also use the pita for soft tacos, where they either disregard the pocket or use a pocketless pita.
Dipping Bread, Who Does It?
Other than the Middle East, you will find cultures that are into dipping bread.
Bread in Portugal, is usually served with honey.
There are different types of dipping bread in India, such as naan, roti, and chapati, depending on what you are eating.
It is most commonly served hot and may be eaten as is, or dipped in coffee, tsokolate (hot chocolate), or milk.
Pita bread is popular in the US because of the pocket for making sandwiches.
In Cyprus, pitas are usually rounder, fluffier, and baked on a cast iron skillet.pi
Pita Chips (The Crispy Crunchy Way)
- 3 Pita Bread loaves
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- Cut pitas into triangle shapes.
- Mix and coat with oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until desired level of crunchiness achieved.