Friday, March 15, 2013
Sumac & Zaatar Spiced Pita Chips PLUS a Silpat Giveaway!
Oh. My. Goodness. I have found the PERFECT dipper for my all time favorite hummus!
When hubs & I celebrated out anniversary at the Boca Resort we went to have cocktails & appetizers before our late dinner reservation. They had hummus on the menu (which is one of our faves) so we ordered it up! They came out with these INCREDIBLE homemade pita chips on the side. And the first bite was to die for! I picked up my pita chips and scrutinized them trying to figure out what was on them… and after a few more bites I realized exactly what it was…
Sumac & Zaatar.
Thank goodness for my Lebanese extended family educating me growing up, otherwise I sure as heck wouldn’t have recognized these traditional Middle Eastern Spices!
Sumac has a wonderful lemony flavor & Zaatar is an herby nutty mix of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and salt. Now, if you clicked those links, that will take you over to online sources which are, in my opinion, entirely overpriced! Do yourself a favor and find a Middle Eastern Market in your city or a nearby one (use Mr. Google ). I have a local one that I go to where I can get a giant 1 LB bag of Zaatar & Sumac for $5 each – that’s enough to last me for FOREVER! Plus while you are there, you can pick up a reasonably priced Tahini & some of the fresh (SUPER thin) Middle Eastern Pita – my favorite!
I’m a bargain shopper!
Okay, now that you know how to find your supplies, it’s time to get back to the pita chips! These are SO easy to make, not to mention they taste SO much better, that I refuse to buy the bagged kind ever again!
Litereally all you do is cut the pita up, spritz them with a little olive oil spray, dust them with a pinch of each of the spices (sumac, zaatar, and salt), then spritz them one last time to lock the spices on, bake them for a couple of minutes, flip them, repeat & VOILA!!
Super thin & super crispy (but they dont break your teeth like those bagged version b/c of the thiness of the fresh pita used). I’m telling you… giving the little extra effort to make these yourself makes ALL the difference in the world.
Let’s just say, when I made them hubs’ eyes lit up as he tasted them, and he asked “Where did you buy these?!?!”
“Um hunnie… I made them!”
Like I said, The PERFECT DUNKER:
Love the Silpat mat I’m using in the photos?! You can win one of your own! Scroll down past the recipe to see the product/giveaway details…
Easy Sumac & Zaatar Spiced Pita Chips
Yield: 36 pita chips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 minutes
Total Time: 10-15 minutes
A simple way to kick up your favorite hummus to a whole new level! Thin and crispy pita crisps
6 thin Pita Rounds*
Olive Oil Spray
*It's best to buy this at the middle Eastern Market if possible. The pita found in grocery stores is typically much thicker - but if you don't have a local market you could absolutely use the grocery chain pita, it may take a little longer to crisp up.
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut the Pita rounds in half and then each half into 3 pita triangles. Lay the pita triangles on a lined baking sheet. Spritz each one with a little olive oil spray. Sprinkle each with a light dusting of sumac, zaatar, and salt. Make sure to go easy on the Zaatar as it can become overpowering quickly.
Bake in preheated oven from 3-4 minutes (until crisp and the edges begin to turn golden brown). You don't want them to turn dark... just begin to golden. Flip and repeat. NOTE: the second side always seems to cook much faster so keep a close eye on them because it's easy for them to burn! Remove from oven and allow to cool. Eat plain or serve with your favorite hummus.
Silpat recently send me some of their non-stick mats to try out for myself and I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with them. I am so mad at myself for not picking one (or 2) up sooner because I am obsessed with using them now!
I used them immediately to make this homemade granola & was shocked how the daggum stuff really didn’t stick! I was amazed. For real (and I’m not just saying that). I’m usually a bit of a skeptic when people “swear” by certain products and until I try them myself I’m never fully a believer. Well, these Silpats are now some of my favorite kitchen tools and I use them for EVERYTHING! These bad boys are not soley made for baking cookies… you can use them for really any recipe that requires the lining & spraying of pans: bacon cream cheese roll-ups, potato skin poppers, and the above pita chips! Say goodbye to wasting rolls & rolls of parchment paper.
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