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January 31, 2016

CHEESY GARLIC PITA CHIPS

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These Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips are crispy and delicious. They freeze well and reheat quickly. Make a lot of extras to keep on hand for a spur of the moment appetizer or snack.

Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips
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When I get a cold, it lasts for an excruciatingly long period of time...about 3 weeks from the first tickle in my throat to the last tissue wipe. It really irritates me when other people overcome their colds within 5-6 days. It's jus not fair!! So, I work hard to avoid getting sick. One of my defense is garlic. During winter I try to eat as much of it as I can because of its health benefits, including immune boosting properties. The one food item that I can squeeze a whole lot of garlic into is garlic pita chips. They are cheesy, garlicky, salty, savory, crunchy, and delicious!

Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips

Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips

Once again, I rely on my little secret weapon, anchovy, to elevate the flavor. It dissolves into the butter and oil mixture and imparts a slight piquantness and interest. I like to add two to my own pita chips, but the recipe below gives you the option of using one or two. Use two if you like it as much as I do! Don't worry about using only a fraction of anchovies in a can. I freeze the remaining in a zip lock bag where they are ready to use at a moment's notice. No wasted food here!   
                                                                       
Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips

Whenever I get the munchies and crave for Doritos, chips, or Cheetos, having some of these pita chips in the freezer really help. Even though they are not considered healthy foods, these pita chips do have the health benefits of olive oil, fresh garlic, and red pepper flakes. You are not going to find them in the junk food I originally craved for. And you know what?— the pita chips are so packed with flavor, eating just a couple satiates my munchie attack. It spares me the guilt of mowing on a bunch of junk food!

Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips



CHEESY GARLIC PITA CHIPS



INGREDIENTS:

4  (6.5-inch)  pita breads
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
1 scant tsp. salt
1-2 anchovy fillets (your call on how much to use)
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 cup chopped garlic
3 rounded tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese




INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place pitas directly on the middle oven rack. Bake for 4 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling racks.

Place olive oil, butter, salt, anchovy, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until butter is melted and anchovies are dissolved. Add garlic. Cook, stirring for one minute. Remove from heat. 

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the garlic butter mixture onto each pita. Use a brush to spread evenly over each pita. Cut each pita into 8 slices. Brush the excess butter from the saucepan onto the surface of  two baking sheets. Place pita slices on baking sheets. Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes. 

Remove from oven and sprinkle Parmesan on each slice. Return to oven (if baking on two separate racks, switch baking on racks to ensure even baking). Bake for about 6 additional minutes or until pita is golden brown and crispy. 

Remove from oven. Allow to cool on baking sheet. Makes 32 pita chips.





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26 comments:

  1. Anchovy! I love it. I use it in stews and sauces all the time, but I hadn't thought about adding it to pita chips.

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    1. I like adding anchovies to my sauce and soup bases too! They all start with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. I first made the pita chips without anchovies, and although it was good, it could benefit from a little zip. Naturally, anchovy came to mind, and it did the job!

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  2. Great idea to make your own. You could even use whole wheat pitas then!

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    1. Yes, you can. It would be fun to experiment with different kinds of pitas!

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  3. Oh my gawsh, we must be cut from the same cloth, Thao, because when I get sick, I get SICK.. and it lasts for weeks. So I feel your pain!!! Hopefully you are feeling better now! (fingers crossed) I had no idea garlic had immune boosting properties! Thanks for that fun fact! Now I'm going to be adding garlic to all the things.. i'm sure my breathe will be kickin'! lol. LOVE these pita chips! Your secret weapon is awesome! I LOVE anchovies, but would have never thought to add them here! GENIUS! I totally need a bowl full of these. STAT! Cheers, my dear! xo

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    1. OMG. I think we are cut from the same cloth! I'm so sorry you have the same misfortune as I do when it comes to catching colds. The next time you are sick of being sick, I'm here to commiserate with you!! I'm well and plan to stay that way with a little help from my supply of hand sanitizer, Airborne, garlic supplement, and fresh garlic. Don’t worry about the breath thing. Like Rachael Ray says, “two garlic breaths cancel each other out”. She says she eats so much of it, she smells like a salami. There’s worse things to smell like right? ;) I think anchovies make these pita chips rock. In fact, ones without anchovies now taste rather flat. Thank you for your kind words! Stay healthy my friend! xoxo

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  4. Yum - this is some seriously good snacking! I love crunchy snacks and love any reason to smother something with garlic. I'm loving everything about these pita chips, Thao :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! One reason to make your own garlic pita bread is you can pile on as much garlic as you like. I'm glad to hear this is your kind of snack! :)

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  5. I love this recipe, it contains three of my favorite food: GARLIC, anchovies and bread. I am definitely making these. And another way of keeping leftover anchovies: place them in a small, clean jar together with their oil and add extra oil to cover them. They keep in the fridge forever, I always buy a huge can (about 500 g/ 1 pound) and keep them in a large jar in the fridge, I only have to take care that the anchovies are always inserted in oil. It takes months to consume so many anchovies and they never went bad.

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    1. Oh wow! I hope you'll get a chance to make these. What a coincidence that the pita chips contain three of your favorite food items! Thanks for the tip on storing anchovies in a jar of oil. It makes perfect sense. I have to try it out! :)

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  6. What wonderful little snacks! And I love that you added anchovy! I love the taste it adds, but my husband thinks otherwise (even though I sneak it in his food all the time) :P Cheers sweetie!

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    1. Haha! Good for you! What the hubs don't know won't hurt them! I find that pureeing things up and adding a strategic amount into dishes usually does the trick! Cheers to you too, my dear!

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  7. These look so tasty and nice ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  8. Love anything garlic. Love how stunning these garlic chips looks — so amazing and SO delicious! Can't wait to try.

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    1. Thank you, Anu! So glad to hear from you! I'm glad you like the pita chips! ;)

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  9. Oh, yeah! I could devour a bowl of these yummy chips!

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  10. Thank you for the recipe...there are so few choices in chips if one is concerned with ingredients...I only buy a couple of brands and even those have ingredients that I have to make compromises. Can wait to make my own and control what goes into them. Happy feasting.

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    1. Pita chips are so simple to make and doing it yourself lets you dictate what gets added. It's also fun to come up with new variations as well. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  11. Your Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips look great! Thank you so much for sharing with us for our 5th Anniversary of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a fantastic week and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen. I have been taking a few out of the freezer at a time and heating them up for a snack. These pita chips are so handy. Have a great week!

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  12. What a fantastic idea, Thao! Thanks for this recipe, will be sure to use it soon :)

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  13. Loved these Garlic crispies. evening snack like this crispy would have made my evening gorgeous

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    1. I'm glad you like these pita chips, and thank you for visiting!

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