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
2 to 3
pita bread rounds
1 to 2 tablespoons
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.