Za’atar Toasted Pita
It’s extremely easy to make your own pita chips and well worth the effort. The homemade variety have a tempting crispy-soft texture that you just can’t get from a bag. Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend of sumac, thyme and sesame seeds, can be found in specialty food stores and spice shops. These chips are excellent on their own; they can also be paired with charred eggplant dip (see page 79 of At Home).
do ahead Pita crisps can be made up to one day ahead and stored in a plastic freezer bag.
4 rounds 7-inch pita
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon za’atar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 Preheat oven to 350°.
2 With a knife or your finger, poke a hole along the edge of pita rounds and peel apart, yielding 2 thin pita circles for each round.
3 Pour olive oil in a small bowl; using a brush, generously coat smooth side of pita. Generously sprinkle oiled side with za’atar and salt and transfer to cookie sheet.
4 Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. For extra flavor, toast pita on grill pan or outdoor grill. Break pita into large, irregular pieces.