If you’re a Middle Eastern food lover like me, you’re probably familiar with pita bread. It is a simple leavened bread dough, rolled thin and baked in a brick oven (this adds unique characteristics). Pita became popular in the 80′s, when it is used as a substitute for regular loaf bread. According to the history books, pita may be centuries old. Flat breads are well known to be some of the most ancient breads.
Pita has become more than table bread. We use it to scoop out dips and sauces, and for sandwiches and wraps. This Middle Eastern staple is a great addition to the kitchen. If you need a little inspiration; check out the recipes below (you can click on the picture to get to the recipe):
Falafel sandwiches have become incredibly popular in the US. The word “falafel” describes the sandwich as well as the fritters used to stuff the sandwich. Falafel is made with seasoned chick peas and topped with lettuce and taihini sauce. It is a great protein option for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Shawarma, a type of sandwich wrap filled with different types of shaved meat, is a popular Middle Eastern fast food. The meat is stacked on a metal stick and roasted. Usually, an onion is place at the top of the stacked meat to add flavor while roasting is done. Once the sides are well roasted, the meat is shaved and placed on a pita bread along with vegetables such as cucumber, lettuce, onion, tomato and a dressing.
Hummus is a well known dip that is usually served with pita bread as a snack or an appetizer. Hummus is made with mashed chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and seasoned with salt. It is normally scooped out using pita bread or sometimes, served with grilled chicken or falafel as an accompaniment.