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Homemade Pita Chips and Garlic Hummus

Heidi Shenk "recipe"

With the recent never ending heat wave, I needed to find a snack that was refreshing and light. I resorted to one of my favorites that I've been making for quite some time now-- hummus. It is the perfect compliment to some refreshing carrots, peppers, or celery. Munch on the veggies, throw in a few pita chips, and add some hummus and I've got the perfect light lunch or afternoon snack.

These pita chips are super quick and easy to make and are just a bit spicy. And the hummus is fresh, light, and fluffy. I like to make a big batch of pita chips and then store them in a tupperware container. They usually last about a week and a half without starting to get a bit stale. In addition to being a great snack, it is also a favorite that I like to make for parties and other gatherings.

Garlic Hummus
  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of tahini
  • 3 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and chop. Stir as needed. Once ingredients have been incorporated, use the puree setting (or the fastest setting) on your food processor to bring the hummus to a smooth and fluffy consistency, blending for about a minute or two. Store in the refrigerator up to a week.

Spicy Pita Chips
  • 6 pitas (six inch in size)
  • cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut each pita into 8 wedges, separating the layers from each wedge. Place the wedges evenly in one layer on two baking sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Lightly spray the pita wedges with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix the spices. Sprinkle the spices over the pita wedges. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. I usually check the pita chips every few minutes to make sure they aren't baked too long. They will be done when they are a nice, crispy, golden brown.

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe and that you all are finding ways to stay cool!

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