Also called pocket bread, this Middle Eastern flat bread is
often split in half and stuffed to make sandwiches. It's also served
with meals or cut into wedges and used for dipping with traditional
dishes like baba ghanoush
Pita has been used for centuries as both a serving plate and utensil,
because the ingredients of a meal can be put inside. The bread was
first baked by Arab nomads during their caravan travel. They used
opened pitas to slide pit-roasted meats (kebabs
) off of hot spits.
Varieties and Buying Tips
Pita can be found at supermarkets and ethnic markets, in white flour
varieties. You can also make your own homemade pita
Pita can be tightly wrapped and stored at room temperature for up to five days, or frozen for up to three months.
• Stuff pita with falafel
or kebab meats.
• Fill with hummus, spinach
, chick peas
and shredded carrots
for a quick and healthy lunch.
• Slice warmed pita into wedges and serve alongside chili, soups and stews.
• Split horizontally and top with feta
for a mini Greek pizza.
• Make homemade pita chips
as an alternative to store-bought crackers, tortillas and potato chips.
Try one of our favorite pita recipes:
Chicken Pita Pockets
Falafel, Vegetarian Style
View BigOven's pita recipes