Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Basic Technique: Baked Pita Chips

Everybody loves crunchy food such as potato chips and tortilla chips. They tend to be fried and high in salt and fat. When I am craving crunchy food and I am done with eating carrots and apples, my go to recipe is Baked Pita Chips. I believe that it is a great way to teach your kids to opt for healthy snacks. I bake the chips instead of frying them, trust me, you will not miss the "fried" taste. They can be eaten on their own, just like potato chips. They are great for dipping in hummus and artichoke spinach dip. I also love to add them to salads like Fatoosh or use them in Fatteh ( a yogurt based Middle Eastern Dish). They add so much texture and flavor without the calories. They are very easy to make and can be made ahead of time, just store them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag.

3 pita bread
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F

Cut the pita bread into halves. You can the use the utility knife or a pizza cutter for a sharper clean cut.

Cut into quarter, and 

cut each quarter into 2 making small triangles. 

Unfold the pita pieces.

Add all the ingredients and mix until all pita pieces are covered with oil and seasoning

Place in a baking sheet with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and crunchy while stirring every 5 minutes with an oven safe spoon or tongs. Stay glued to the oven, do NOT answer the phone, check your Facebook account, or blink! Keep your eyes on the pita chips. They will burn in a split of a second. 


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