Alright.. I have a confession. I despise store bought pita chips! There’s nothing worse than crabbing some delicious local made hummus and deciding to grab pre-made pita chips than to bite in an feel like you might break a tooth off. I’m a huge fan of pita bread and hummus.. but ‘pita chips’ should be re-named pita bricks or pita ‘chip your tooth off’ because they are harder than hard.
In an effort to find a way around the store bought pita bricks and having middle ground between the fresh and too soft pita bread, I went to the lab.. or in other words, my kitchen. I knew that I was looking for a ‘chip’ that would have some crunch in an crispy outer shell yet still encase the soft pita bread texture in the center. The other important factor? Seasoning.Once I tested out the right seasoning and techniques, I realized making fresh pita chips was a piece of cake. Which means, I would never again buy their store bought counter-part. And I literally cannot stress how simple these are to make… you will never catch yourself buying the store version of pita chips again.
Oven Baked Pita Chips
- 3 rounds of pita bread (try to get the kind without the pocket in the center)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp celtic sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Layout the pita bread rounds and prepare the olive oil spread. Mix the olive oil, celtic salt, ground pepper and basil into a small bowl and stir with a basting brush. Brush mixture over top and bottom of pita bread.
Once fully covered, place in oven straight onto the top rack. Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until golden on the peaks of the pita bread.
Carefully remove from oven with a pair of tongs and let cool on a cutting board. Once manageable cut the bread like a pie into 8 slices of pita chips. Serve warm or store in an airtight bag for later use.
Piece of cake…
-Essentially a Mom