Spiced Pita Chips

Here’s the deal with pita chips at my local grocery store -- a bag of pita chips, which often seems to be mostly air, runs for around $4.00. A bag of pitas is generally around half that, and contains almost no air. And much as I love pita chips and the convenience of those that come ready made from a bag, the frugal side of me can rarely justify buying them, especially since homemade pita chips are always so much better!

Spiced Pita Chips

Homemade pita chips are crisp, like the store-bought kind, but due to the slight imperfections of home baking, often have little pockets of chewiness, where the pita bread hasn’t completely dried out. That difference in texture is just wonderful when combined with a perfectly creamy hummus! Homemade chips also have the advantage of great flavor -- they’re made with lots of spices, with which you can easily experiment to find your favorite version, and extra-virgin olive oil, which adds a new dimension to the toasty pita bread. Once you’ve made these, you may never go back.

Spices used in this recipe


Cumin Ground
Salt, Kosher
Paprika, Smoked Spanish

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut each pita bread into 8 wedges, using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. 
  2. Place the wedges in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, spices, and salt, until evenly coated. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Allow to cool to room temperature and serve with your favorite dip!

Try some of your other favorite spices on these chips -- these are just a starting point! Vanns Zahtar would be another great Middle Eastern twist, or try a little bit of Vanns Garlic Powder for a punch of flavor! Middle Eastern isn’t the only way to go either -- Vanns Greek Isles Seasoning or Vanns Italian Seasoning for a Mediterranean twist!

Serves 3-5 as an appetizer.

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