Pet Peeve of mine is when I buy a bag of pita chips, which is overpriced anyhow, and I bring it home and it is only a fourth of the way full. The rest if air and half of the chips are crushed. Not to mention, most of the times, the chips do not test fresh. I quit wasting my money, and now I make spiced pita chips at home. It is easy, and it tastes better than a bag of pre-made. Not to mention, it ends up being less expensive.
Making these spiced pita chips only takes the ingredients and a little extra time. It is so simple, it is, trust me! I buy a bag of small pitas, cut them in half, then cut the halves in half. I scatter them on a baking sheet and spray with some olive oil. I normally use a pump bottle of olive oil but have been finding that it clogs up often. I discovered these great cooking sprays made by Bertolli, and I love them. They come in three different “flavors” Extra Virgin, Classico, and Extra Light, and for this recipe, I used the Extra Light. Not only have I been using the spray when making pita chips but I also use them on a salad, as well as meat and fish before grilling. I have a heavy hand with olive oil and find I use a little less with these sprays. Bonus; they are propellant-free.
Okay, back to these outrageous spiced pita chips, after spraying them with some olive oil, I sprinkle a mixture of salt, pimento d’ville, cumin, and fennel. I use this spice mixture when serving them with hummus and the herbs so well with the hummus ingredients. I have also made these chips with only olive oil and sea salt, as well as curry powder and even lemon zest. Have fun with the recipe, and enjoy. They are so good!
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Spiced Pita Chips
1 bag of pitas, I use small ones
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon Maldon salt
1 teaspoon pimento d’ville
spray olive oil or regular olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425.
Mix the spices together in a small bowl.
Cut the pitas, in half, then each half into halves. If you are using large/regular sized pitas, cut into bite-sized pieces.
Place the cut pita onto a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil or drizzle lightly. Toss with your hands.
Sprinkle with the spices. Using your hands lightly toss together with the pitas.
Bake for 5 minutes, then using a wooden spoon or tongs, lightly toss, Bake for another 5 minutes, repeat the process. Then bake for 5 more minutes, until crispy and golden.
Remove from the oven, and let cool.
** Disclaimer Bertolli supplied us with olive oil sprays to try out but did not require us to write about it. This write-up and all opinions belong to us.