This super quick and easy homemade pita chips recipe is the perfect solution against throwing away leftovers. How many time did you end up throwing away stale pita bread? I know I have in the past, but for almost two years now I vouched to become more sustainable and stop throwing away good food (or leftovers). Pita bread can go stale really quickly once you open the package. So I often wondered what to do with it instead.
I initially tried baking the full pita bread but the result was a little too hard and not very appetising if I'm honest. I did use one in the past as a base for vegan pizza, but the middle turned very hard in the oven. So I decided to cut them into small triangles like little pizza slices. I thought they would work really well with vegan spread. Jackpot!
Turns out, bakes into small chunks which become pita chips it's the way to salvage stale pita bread.
How to make pita chips
To make them crispy and nice, I recommend drizzling some extra virgin olive oil on top. You can also try other types of oils. For example, I sometimes use pumpkin seed oil because it tastes delicious.
You only need to drizzle a little oil but if you prefer your pita chips a bit crispier, then use a pastry brush and brush both sides of your pita chips with oil.
Now it's time for the topping. I love Mediterranean herbs so much, so I made my own mix of dried Italian herbs. You can also purchase a dried herb mix from any supermarket. I like my mix to contain some oregano. If you ask me what's the most Italian herb out there, I'm going to say oregano, for sure. It's the taste of delicious pizza. Add sea salt and ground pepper.
I love freshly ground seas salt and black pepper and for that, I use an electric grinder. They are very inexpensive and super-efficient.
Finally, I love adding a little cumin to my pita chips. Now I know that not everyone loves the taste of cumin and that's totally ok. You can replace cumin with a little chilli powder or just skip this step altogether. The point here is for us to create easy pita chips from leftovers and easy spices we have in the cupboard and not go out of our way.
As I'm plant-based, I do need to eat several times a day. And because of that, I started looking into making my life a little easier by creating 15-20 minutes quick and easy recipes with standard pantry ingredients.
Right, make sure you preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Bake the pita chips for about 10 minutes until golden and crisp.
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As these pita chips were made from stale pita bread, they should be consumed immediately. They should not be reheated or kept for later as they will get really hard and unedible. That's why I recommend one pita bread (8 pita chips) per person, to ensure you don't end up throwing away the food.
Ready to try making this quick and easy pita chips? Let me know in the comments section below.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.