Pita Bread: Best Ways To Enjoy This Flatbread Like Never Before

Pita bread is a flatbread that hails from the Middle East and is loved all over the globe for its versatility and popularity. Baked to a distinctive pocket-like shape, it is ideal for stuffing with a variety of contents or dipping into sauces like hummus. Pita bread (a basic dough consisting of wheat, water, yeast, and salt) is usually cooked at high temperatures until it puffs up and has a hollow centre. Due to its quality, it is perfect for use in making wraps, sandwiches, or as a side garnish. Pita bread is a popular option for many types of meals because of its moderate flavour and gentle texture, which go well with many different kinds of food. 

What Is Pita Bread 

The Middle East has been making pita bread for thousands of years, and the name pita (or pitta) is derived from Greek. Pita bread, a type of leavened flatbread, is typically prepared using wheat, yeast, water, and, in certain cases, sugar and salt. The dough can be enhanced with herbs and spices before being cooked on a stone surface. 

Pitas are often cooked at considerable temperatures, ranging from 450 to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. As the dough's water transforms into steam, the pita puffs up to create a pocket. The deflated pita and the layers of cooked dough stay separated as the bread comes out of the oven, so it may be opened to make a pocket. When made in the traditional Greek form, pita is often flatter and ideal for layering into wraps. 

These days, big bakeries use automated lines to make thousands of loaves of pita every hour. Each loaf is cooked for only one minute in ovens that reach temperatures of 800 to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, far higher than conventional clay ovens. Before being exported or kept in commercial freezers, the pitas can air-cool for about 20 minutes on conveyor belts.  

Here's how to use pita bread in different ways 

Toasted Pita Triangles

Pita bread may be toasted in the oven or grilled. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut into triangles, and then serve with hummus or baba ghanoush as dips. 

Toasted Pita Bread 

Pita bread, when toasted in the oven or toaster, is a heartier toast substitute. For a healthy breakfast or snack, spread your favourite spread—jam, butter, hummus, etc. 

Pita Bread Hot Dogs 

Bring some pita bread to the next picnic and wrap the hot dogs in it instead of the usual buns. The flavourful kofta, made with ground beef and seasonings, is another great option to wrap in pita. 

Turn Your Salad into a Sandwich 

As its name suggests, pita bread features a pocket that may store food. Stuff a pita pocket with all of your preferred salad ingredients. Meat strips (steak, chicken, lamb, etc.) are another option. An excellent accompaniment to pita pocket sandwiches is tahini.