Pita - A Delicious Versatile Flat Bread
Over the last several years, pita bread has become a very popular alternative to sliced bread. When I was in grade school, my peers were always interested in what I had for lunch since they had never really seen anyone eating pita bread before. Today, everyone is familiar with this delicious flatbread. Pita is available in many different sizes, thicknesses and flavors and can be prepared so many different ways. I have put together what I think are the top 10 uses for this scrumptuous middle eastern staple.
Different Types of Pita Bread
From mini pitas for hors d'oeuvres to large pita to make pizza
There are about 4 different sizes and at least 3 different thicknesses of pita bread ranging from mini to pocket to the larger loaves. All are good choices for making sandwiches and the medium to thicker ones are the best for toasting to eat with cheese, peanut butter or other toppings. Pita stays fresh in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen for much longer. Can be easily defrosted in the microwave and then popped into the toaster oven.
As far as calories go, one whole medium size thick pita has approximately the same amount of calories as two pieces of multi grain sliced bread. There are some that are lower in calories and it's best to check on the package prior to purchasing.
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No.1 and the most well known - Making Sandwiches
Pita Bread Sandwiches are great to perk the lunch box blues!
Of course the most obvious uses for pita bread is to make a sandwich. Slice it in half, open it up and insert your favorite filling and there you have it. Or alternatively, put the filling between the two silces and heat it up using a sandwich press. My favorite pita bread sandwich is a mixture of smoked ham, mild or hot hungarian salami, a slice of cheddar or swiss cheese and a piece of lettuce prepared with either mustard or mayonnaise or both. Makes a great sandwich for kids lunches as, unlike sliced bread which may get squashed, pita is already flat so hopefully the chances are less of finding it at the bottom of their schoolbag a few days later!
No. 2 - Toasted Pita Bread - Delicious!
The next best thing to potato chips without the calories!
If you are using a thin pita you have the option of opening the bread into 2 pieces or leaving them whole. Butter the bread before toasting is recommended , it is easier and tastes better as the butter melts into the bread.
Eat with your favorite topping such as yogurt cheese , tuma cheese ,peanut butter or whatever else you like.
No. 3 - Mini- pita bread appetizer sandwiches
Impress your guests with these delicious mini-pita loaves
Looking for finger foods? Appetizer sandwiches made with mini pita bread make delicious hors d'oeuvres. These little sandwiches can be prepared using egg salad, chicken salad, or tofu salad to name just a few. You can even cut the bread in half and stuff it that way too.
No. 4 - Toasted Pita Chips
Pita Chips are baked not fried
Have you ever tried pita chips? This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and can be used with many different dips. It is a lot healthier than potato chips and taste even better!
Brush bread with olive or vegetable oil. Serve plain or sprinkle with your favorite herb mix or top with sesame seeds. In this picture the mini pita loaves are served with fresh homemade hummus. Yum!
No. 5 - Pita Bread Croutons
Toasted pita bread makes delicious croutons!
If you always have pita bread on hand like we do, you can spice up your salad in a jiff! Toasted pita bread tastes great in salad!
Cut pita bread into small pieces, toast it and then toss it right before adding the dressing into your favorite salad. Here is a trick to keep the bread from turning soggy: Deep fry the pita bread pieces before adding them to your salad. They will stay nice and crunchy. If you find it is too much work., toasted pita can be prepared in advance and kept out in a bread basket, or in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer!
Great tip and even more delicious! Herbed- flavored pita bread croutons. Before toasting the pita bread, spread either butter, margarine or olive oil all over the bread. Sprinkle your choice of herb such as oregano, thyme or basil. Toast for approximately 5 mins at 350F. Add to salad.
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No. 6 - Wrap meat in large pita to keep it moist
The meat drippings will add flavor to the bread
Pita bread has many uses! It can prevent your sucullant shish or chicken kabob from drying out! When I buy a cooked chicken from my favorite middle eastern grocery store, they always wrap it in pita. The pita bread absorbs the flavor of the meat. Doing this does get the bread a little on the soggy side but there is an easy solution to this. I know that it is tempting to throw the bread away, but your grandmother would really frown upon that! Pop it in the toaster as is to dry it out and the bread tastes absolutely delicious!
No. 7 - Mini - pizzas
Don't have pizza dough on hand? No problem, use pita bread!
This recipe is always a hit with family and friends. It is prepared using mini pita bread. So easy to make, just put about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, fresh tomatoes, or Italian imported canned tomatoes on each mini pita followed by the cheese. You can also add any other topping of your choice and it will taste even better!
No. 8 Pita wrap sandwiches
Lower in calories than traditional white bread
Pita wraps like tortilla wraps are more and more popular. Add any topping you like, dress it up with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and voilÃ ! Makes an easy lunch on the go!
Ever thought of making your own pita bread? - Making pita is not harder to make than any other bread
Although pita bread is readily available in most grocery stores, nothing beats home made. Why not give it a try?
How about making your pita bread dough in these bowls? - Easy to clean stainless steel equipment
No. 9 - Pita spirals
Pita Bread Sprials are the perfect appetizers!
Instead of using tortilla bread for this recipe, why not try it with pita? It gives a better flavor and is just as easy to prepare. Use any meat, egg or vegetable filling you like.
No. 10- Breadcrumbs
Pita bread breadcrumbs can be made plain or seasoned
Plain toasted pita bread can remain at room temperature for weeks. Why not convert it into breadcrumbs? Just grind it in a food processor for a minute or two and then grind again in a coffee mill which will reduce it to fine bread crumbs. Add it to your favorite meat loaf, meatballs or use as a topping for vegetable side dishes. Some of our very own lensmasters have other delicious pita bread recipe ideas that you will love too! Have a look!<?a>
You will need this to make pita bread breadcrumbs - A Spice Grinder makes a great gift idea!
A coffee mill is a very useful tool. Not only can you use it to grind your favorite coffee, you can also grind spices, breadcrumbs, flaxseeds and many other delicacies.
What do you prefer? Tortilla or Pita Bread? - Both types of bread are amazing but pita tops my list!
I grew up eating pita bread. It was fairly unknown back then, but not anymore!
What type of flatbread do you prefer? Pita or Tortilla?
Well, there you have the 10 best reasons for using pita bread - If you can think of other ways to use pita, just add it here!
twistedjen on June 15, 2013:
Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on September 17, 2012:
I love whole wheat pita bread. Yum!
royyap on September 01, 2012:
I eat it with chicken or fish curry with potatoes.
moonlitta on September 01, 2012:
Though this is arab pita and here on the Balkans pita is not flat- I love this type of bread and enjoyed your ideas for its use!
jordanmilesbask on April 01, 2012:
another great lens...love those pita bread recipes...Thanks for sharing!
top101 on March 03, 2012:
Very nice lens!
anonymous on March 01, 2012:
Original lens, cheers!
anonymous on February 28, 2012:
Great suggestions for using pita bread!
lilblackdress lm on December 30, 2011:
I think I will be looking at pita bread a whole new way now :)
Never realized it is so versatile.
VarietyWriter2 on December 27, 2011:
Adding pita bread to my grocery list :) Blessed by a Squid Angel :)
Paul from Montreal on November 01, 2011:
I make pita chips by cutting pita in to wedges then toss them in olive oil - next sprinkle with Italian/garlic spices and crisp in toaster oven then let cool a bit. Tasty lens, blessed!
ellagis on July 06, 2011:
Thank you for the good suggestions!!! I especially like the wrapped ones...... IÂ´ll try them soon!
anonymous on April 25, 2011:
I like this lens also. Great idea
dreameater on April 21, 2011:
very delicious lens! good job!
Tiggered on April 16, 2011:
Pita grilled with some grated cheese is a great stuffer when you have nothing else in your fridge :)
JoshK47 on March 06, 2011:
It seems like your lenses are all designed to make me hungry - either that or I just came here hungry and you're making it worse. :)
Indigo Janson from UK on October 20, 2010:
What a lot of tasty ideas for pita bread, I love how versatile it is!
Rita-K on October 18, 2010:
Peanut butter and honey with slices of banana is always yummy! Great lens, lots of wonderful ideas!
Craftyville on October 16, 2010:
Great ideas, I like my pita bread with black beans and salsa.
Achim Thiemermann from Austin, Texas on October 15, 2010:
#11 Cut the pita bread into thin strips and drop them into a bowl of good chicken or vegetable broth. Very nice lens! :)
piedromolinero on October 10, 2010:
I tried a few of your ideas and got some new ones now... My Top 1 reason is still filling it with fried Halloumi and a tomato.
maplesyrup59 (author) on October 05, 2010:
@PaulaMorgan: Thank you and enjoy the recipes!
Paula Morgan from Sydney Australia on October 05, 2010:
Thanks - I have not tried a few of your ideas... but I will know. Blessed by an angel
Dianne Loomos on October 01, 2010:
We like pita bread filled with tuna salad or with Kasseri cheese.
Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on September 25, 2010:
A delicious lens! I enjoy tearing off pieces of fresh pita and scooping up a healthy daub of hommus. Excellent as a side dish to accompany chicken shawarma...stuffed grapeleaves...mujadara....fattoush. Mmmm. Making myself very hungry. :)
anonymous on September 17, 2010:
Lots of great information on a very yummy bread! All the pictures made me hungry, I 'm craving a sandwich now, I'm starving LOL I love having grilled veggies in a pita, that's really tasty - Kathy
anonymous on September 16, 2010:
LOVE making sandwiches with pita bread. It is my favorite kind of sandwich in the whole world.