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A bowl filled with homemade CAVA pita chips accompanied by a small dish of hummus, garnished with fresh herbs and spices
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CAVA Pita Chips Recipe

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About this recipe CAVA Pita Chips Recipe

  1. Recipe origin and background:
  • These pita chips were a popular item at a cafe, enjoyed by customers for over 10 years. Now, you can make them at home!
  1. Why try this recipe?:
  • It’s a simple and delicious recipe using basic ingredients you likely already have at home. These pita chips are a great snack and perfect for dipping.
  1. What does this recipe taste like?:
  • The pita chips have a crisp texture and a blend of Mediterranean spices, including oregano, garlic, and onion. They are savory, slightly salty, and full of flavor.
  1. What is this recipe?:
  • This recipe will guide you through the process of making crunchy and flavorful pita chips using pita bread, olive oil, and a blend of spices.

Nutrition fact (per serving):

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 0g

Health benefits:

  • Whole wheat pita bread provides complex carbohydrates and fiber for sustained energy.
  • Olive oil is a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, beneficial for heart health.
  • Herbs and spices, such as oregano and garlic, offer various antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Equipment required for this recipe:

  • Baking sheets (2-3)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Pastry brush
  • Measuring spoons

How to make CAVA Pita Chips

Ingredients:

  • Pita bread (whole wheat, white, or a combination)
  • Olive oil
  • Granulated onion powder
  • Granulated garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Optional: dried parsley

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400┬░Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the pita bread into wedges (about 8 wedges per 9-inch pita).
  3. Prepare the seasoning mix: In a bowl, combine onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, and parsley (if using).
  4. Pour olive oil over the seasoning mix and stir well.
  5. Brush the pita wedges generously with the herb oil mixture. Ensure they are well-coated.
  6. Sprinkle salt over the pita wedges to taste.
  7. Place the pita wedges on a baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
  8. Remove from the oven and let the pita chips cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

How to serve this recipe
These pita chips are delicious on their own or served with hummus, tzatziki, or your favorite dip. They are a great snack and can also be used as a crunchy topping for salads or soups.

What to serve with CAVA Pita Chips

  • Hummus: A classic pairing, hummus provides a creamy and flavorful dip for the pita chips.
  • Tiki sauce: This tangy and slightly spicy sauce complements the pita chips perfectly.
  • Dips and spreads: Experiment with different dips, such as baba ganoush, tzatziki, or a spicy bean dip.
  • Soups and salads: Use the pita chips as a crunchy topping for your favorite soups or salads.

My recommendations and tips

  • Feel free to adjust the spice levels to your taste. You can add more or less of the spices used or experiment with different combinations.
  • For a cheesy twist, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the pita wedges before baking.
  • If you prefer thinner pita chips, split each pita bread horizontally before cutting them into wedges.
  • Store any leftover pita chips in an airtight container to maintain crispness.

Potential ingredients substitutes

  • Pita bread: If you don’t have pita bread, you can use flour tortillas and cut them into triangles.
  • Olive oil: Any neutral-flavored oil can be used as a substitute.
  • Spices: You can customize the spice blend to your liking. If you’re not a fan of oregano, try using basil, thyme, or rosemary instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long do the pita chips stay fresh?
  • These pita chips will stay fresh and crispy for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
  1. Can I make CAVA Pita Chips in advance?
  • Yes, you can prepare the pita chips up to a day in advance and store them in an airtight container. They will stay crisp and ready to serve.
  1. Can I use store-bought pita chips instead?
  • While this recipe focuses on making homemade pita chips, you can certainly use store-bought pita chips as a convenient alternative. Look for plain or lightly salted varieties and sprinkle your spice blend on top.
  1. Can I add more salt to the CAVA Pita Chips?
  • Absolutely! Salt is added to taste, so if you prefer a saltier chip, simply sprinkle a little extra on top before baking.
  1. How can I prevent the pita chips from burning?
  • To avoid burning, keep a close eye on the pita chips while they bake. Ovens may vary, so start checking them after 8 minutes. You want the chips to be golden and crisp, but not burnt.
  1. Can I freeze the leftover pita chips?
  • It is not recommended to freeze these pita chips as it may affect their texture and crispness. They are best enjoyed fresh or stored at room temperature for a few days.
  1. What are some creative ways to use these pita chips?
  • Besides serving them with dips, you can use these pita chips as a crunchy topping for soups, salads, or even crumble them over yogurt for a savory breakfast bowl. They also make a great base for nachos!
  1. Can I make CAVA Pita Chips gluten-free?
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, look for gluten-free pita bread options available in some specialty stores. Ensure that all other ingredients are also gluten-free, including the spices and seasonings.
  1. How can I adjust the spice level?
  • If you prefer a milder flavor, reduce the amount of black pepper and red pepper flakes used in the recipe. You can also omit the spices altogether and simply season the pita chips with salt and olive oil for a more neutral flavor.
  1. Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried?
    • Fresh herbs can be used, but the measurements will differ. For every tablespoon of dried herb, substitute it with 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs. Keep in mind that fresh herbs may release more moisture, so you may need to adjust the amount of olive oil accordingly.

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