Pita bread is delicious and ridiculously versatile. It is great for leftovers as you can stuff pita bread with just about anything you can imagine. And, much like any other homemade bread, store bought pita bread doesn’t even compare to making it at home.
Without a doubt, my favorite thing about pita bread is how ridiculously versatile it is. You can take it with you, you can stuff it with just about anything you can imagine. The bread can also be made ahead of time and either refrigerated after it’s risen or once it has been baked.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
- 2½ - 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 - 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Mix the water and the yeast together until the yeast is dissolved. Let it sit until it becomes bubbly
- In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt together.
- Add the yeast water mixture to the flour mixture and stir until it forms a dough
- Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes or until it is elastic and smooth. Add more flour sparingly to keep it from sticking to your hands or the work surface.
- Let the dough rise until it's doubled in size, around 2 hours
- Preheat the oven to 450F
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and then flatten gently.
- Bake in preheated oven for around 3 minutes. When the bread has fully expanded, it is done. Be sure to watch closely as they burn quickly!
In the image at the top of the page, I stuffed my pita bread with some leftover ground hamburger, some veggies, and some seasoning. However, you can use whatever you have on hand. I’ve used leftover BBQ, taco meat, lunch meat, chicken salad… the options are endless.
So, what are you going to put in your pita pocket?