Pita's are my new pastime.
Or should I say passion in life.
If I were more poetically inclined, I would elaborate.
You see I'm just not.
Like the Killer Bagels,
They use little ingredients for something so wonderfully palatable.
Plus its way easier than bagels.
I have been working on perfecting these all summer and by golly,
I've got it!
I feel bad for certain family members that visited while this was undergoing the testing process.
Please forgive me.
Here it is:
3 cups unbleached white flour
2 1/2 t salt
2 1/2 t yeast
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups warm water
Mix all ingredients in your handy dandy Kitchen Aid Mixer.
Using Dough hook, knead for about 5 minutes or so.
I have heard that you can make these in the bread machine, but have never personally tried it.
let rest in bowl for about 10 min.
cut and roll dough into 8 even balls.
cover and let rise for about 30 min.
preheat BBQ on high
roll out all of the balls- leaving the dough about 1/4 in thick
(If you roll it out too thin, it may not make a pocket)
Once grill is heated, grill pitas with lid closed for a minute or two.
Grills are different, and you don't want the grill lines to be too dark,
So keep checking on them.
Remember to close lid after checking them throughout the entire cooking process.
After about a minute or two, they should start to puff up.
Flip pitas and cook for the same amount of time as before,
Until nice grill lines are formed.
If you plan on stuffing these beauties,
Open them immediately.
As they cool, they will stick together.
Making them hard to open later.
Our favorite ways to use them:
-A new lunch regular: pita pizza crusts (unopened pitas)
I think we'll be taking prepared pita's with us next time we go camping and make pizzas.
-pitas stuffed with FARM FRESH* tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and cream cheese.
-Roast beef and provolone Sammie's
(basically broiled roast beef and provolone cheese folded into a pita-taco style)
breakfast Sammie's (with eggs, bacon shredded cheddar-nothin's better, and sour cream)
* store bought tomatoes are horribly styrofoamy tasting for this meal. Only farm /farmers market fresh will suffice.
I hope this is as big of a hit in your family as it is in mine.