Pita bread may be the original convenience food: look at those handy pockets, ready to be stuffed full of delicious things. I remember staring into my pita bread as a little kid, wondering how did the pocket get in there? It's feels kind of like magic, doesn't it?
But pita bread is good for more than just stuffing; here are a few more ways to quickly turn a pita round into a meal. And OK, OK — we can't stay away from that magic pocket inside, so there are a few fresh ways to stuff the pita too.
But first things first: If you also have wondered how the pocket gets in the pita, then you should try making your own pita bread soon. Watching the bread puff up and create its own pocket is both fun and educational.
→ See how easy it is to make homemade pita bread: How to Make Easy Homemade Pita Bread
Then, once you have your pita — homemade or store-bought — you should definitely know the best way to warm it up. Here's how we do it:
→ How to warm pita: The Best & Quickest Way to Warm Up Pita Bread
10 Ways to Eat Pita Bread
And now, onto the main attraction: Eating pita. If you have a stack of leftover pitas waiting to be used up, try one of these quickie meal ideas.
breakfast pita pizza - Top a warmed pita with avocado and a fried egg and chow down for a very satisfying breakfast.
Stuff with leftover meat - Any leftover shredded chicken or other meat can go into a pita for a quick handheld lunch. We especially like the look of Lamb Pitas with Cucumber Mint Tzatziki and this pita with Roasted Beets, Chicken & Manchego Cheese.
Toss with greens and vegetables to make fattoush - Fattoush is a very satisfying and refreshing Mediterranean salad that incorporates pieces of toasted pita (a great way to use up slightly stale pita bread). Get a recipe here: Fattoush, A Delicious Middle Eastern Salad
Stuff with chickpeas or bean salad - A pita can be a container for all kinds of healthy things, like this chickpea salad with greens: Chickpea Pita Pockets with Greens & Minted Yogurt. Hearty and filling!
Bake homemade pita chips - Toss with za'atar or other spices and bake to make homemade pita chips. Get a recipe here: Za'atar Pita Chips with Yogurt Dip
Use as a wrap for meatballs - Of course, you don't have to put something inside the pita itself. We love these turkey meatballs with a pita wrap: Turkey Koftas with Toasted Pita
Stuff with salad greens - But let's get back to stuffing this thing. What about packing your pita absolutely full of salad greens? This is such a great way to eat a lot of vegetables. Get a recipe: Whole Wheat Pita with Kale & Asiago
Cut into pieces and dip into feta dip - Pita doesn't have to be in chip form to eat with dip. This is a favorite lunch — make a batch of hummus or feta dip and take to work with pita, snipped into triangles with kitchen shears. Get a recipe: Whipped Feta Dip
Stuff with really any leftovers - And back to stuffing. We've talked about leftover meat, beans, and salad greens. Well, almost anything else can be used to stuff a pita. Try leftover stew, grain salad, even chicken stir-fry.
Grill until warm - And perhaps the simplest of ways to enjoy pita: once you've pulled out that grill for summer cooking, brush pita bread with a little olive oil and grill just until it gets toasted and a bit crispy around the edges. Wonderful!
(Image credits: Anjali Prasertong; Kathryn Hill; Emily Ho)