How to Make Pita Chips

Two Methods:Make Quick Pita ChipsMake Pita Chips With Homemade Pita Bread

Are you a pita chip lover? Pita bread is delicious fresh, but its double layers and versatile flavor make it a wonderful snack when it's baked into chips. This article gives instructions on making pita chips the quick way, using store-bought pita, and the slow way, using homemade pita bread.


Quick Pita Chips

  • Pita bread
  • Spice mix
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Homemade Pita Bread Pita Chips

  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Spice mix
  • Salt
  • Additional olive oil for making the chips

Method 1
Make Quick Pita Chips

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    Locate some pita bread. Choose either white or whole wheat pita, available at most grocery stores. Buy plain pita bread or bread made with seeds, herbs and spices.
    • Making pita chips is a great way to use up stale pita, so go ahead and use that half-full bag of pita that's been sitting in your pantry. Just make sure it doesn't have any mold on it.
    • Delicious pita chips can be made from freshly-baked pita bread bought from Greek or other Mediterranean restaurants.
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    Choose the flavors you want to use. You can make plain pita chips to dip in hummus, tzatziki or salsa, but you could also flavor the chips as they're cooking and eat them without dip. Mix up one of these flavor combinations, or create your own:
    • Rosemary garlic. Use fresh or dried chopped rosemary and freshly minced or dried garlic granules to create this classic flavor.
    • Chili cayenne. A little cayenne pepper and chili powder goes a long way. This spicy combination would taste great with ranch dip or another cool pairing.
    • Cinnamon brown sugar. Pita is usually used in savory dishes, but tastes just as good when it's sweet.
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    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius). Get out a baking sheet and some olive oil.
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    Cut the pita bread into triangles. Lay the bread on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to slice it into the shape of chips. Make them as small or large as you like them.
    • For crispier chips, separate the two pita layers so you have two thin chips instead of one thick one.
    • For chips that will stand up to thick dips, leave the two layers intact.
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    Place the chips on the baking sheet in a single layer. Brush them with olive oil with a basting brush and use your fingers to sprinkle them liberally with your spice mix.
    • If you're making savory pita chips, sprinkle them with a little salt.
    • If you want the chips to be extra spicy, turn them over and brush the other side with olive oil, then sprinkle more spices over them.
    • Don't overlap the chips, since this will cause them to cook unevenly and they may not turn out crispy.
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    Place the baking sheet in the oven. Let the pita slices cook for 5 minutes, then check to see if they've crisped up into chips.
    • For extra crispy chips, leave them in for a few minutes longer.
    • If you don't like chips that have browned, take them out on the early side.
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    Remove the chips from the oven. Place them in a bowl and serve alone or with a dip.

Method 2
Make Pita Chips With Homemade Pita Bread

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    Place the warm water in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir until it dissolves.
    • Use a large metal bowl that can contain all of the ingredients.
    • The yeast should start to foam as it reacts with the water. If it doesn't, you may need a new packet of yeast.
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    Add 3 cups of flour 1 cup at a time. Stir the mixture as you add flour, always in the same direction. Continue stirring for one minute to activate the gluten in the flour. Let the mixture rest for at least 15 minutes.
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    Stir in the salt, olive oil, and remaining flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for 10 minutes. Place it in an oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise until it has doubled in size.
    • The bread should be elastic and smooth when you are finished kneading it. If it's still sticky, keep kneading.
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    • Place the bowl in a warm spot in your kitchen to let it rise. It will rise much more slowly if it's kept too cool.
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    Roll out the pitas. Divide the dough into 14 equal parts. Form the dough pieces into balls and place them on a floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll them into flat pita shapes.
    • If you want larger or smaller pitas, divide the dough into either more or fewer parts.
    • If you don't want to make so many pitas at once, you can store the unused dough in the refrigerator for up to a week, and use it whenever you want fresh pitas.
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    Prepare the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius). Place a two stacked baking sheets on the bottom rack of the oven and allow it to heat completely.
    • You can also use a baking stone to make pitas. Place the stone on the bottom rack and allow it to heat.
    • If you don't have two baking sheets to stack, you can use one. The pitas won't cook quite as evenly but they will still taste delicious.
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    Bake the pitas. Open the oven and place two to four pitas on the baking sheet, depending on the size you made them. Close the oven and allow them to bake for about four minutes, until they puff up. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
    • If your pitas don't puff, that's okay. They'll still make great pita chips.
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    • Baking too many pitas at once will prevent them from cooking quickly enough, so don't overfill the oven.
    • Take care to remove the pitas after four minutes, or they will burn.
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    Make pita chips. Now that you have fresh pita, make pita chips with the bread you don't use for wraps. Follow these steps for making pita chips:
    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius).
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    • Slice the fresh pitas into chip-sized triangles.
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    • Place them on a baking sheet, brush them with olive oil, and season them with the spices of your choice.
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    • Bake the pita slices for five or so minutes, until they crisp up into chips.
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    • Serve hot or store in airtight food storage containers for later use.
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  • Watch the pita triangles carefully while they are cooking, they can burn easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Pita chip or pita bread ingredients
  • Cookie sheets
  • Basting brush
  • Knife

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Categories: Party Snacks