What meal wouldn't be a little happier with some crispy, crunchy, garlic-infused pita toasts? From a ho-hum lunch salad to a simple chicken dinner, allow me to offer up this simple side dish as a way to perk up your plate. As long as you have a few rounds of pita bread and some stray cloves of garlic hanging around, pita toasts are just minutes away.
Along with her Shrimp with White Beans, Spinach & Tomatoes, this is another great idea that we picked up from Kitchn reader Lauren. She makes these toasts as a quick side dish for weeknight meals, but they're definitely fancy enough that you could serve them at a party with an assortment of dips. This is also a great way to use up a few leftover pita breads that might be going stale on the counter.
Serve these crispy pita breads with:
Crispy Garlic Pita Toasts
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, smashed
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the pita breads into quarters.
Brush pita breads with olive oil, then rub them vigorously with the smashed garlic cloves. Sprinkle the bread with salt, pepper and a bit of paprika for color.
Place the pita bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the bread is nice and crispy.
- For extra-crispy, cracker-like toasts, you can split the quarters open and toast them in a single layer. Reduce the baking time a bit, and remove from the oven when the pitas are becoming toasted around the tips.
- For extra garlic flavor, leave the unused portions of the garlic cloves scattered on top of the breads and let them roast in the oven while the breads crips.