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Pita Chips with Labne Olive Oil Dip

June 14, 2012

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Do you spend a ridiculous amount of money on low fat sea salt pita chips? Have you ever tried making your own?

I have to say, it is so spectacularly simple that I felt silly posting a “recipe” for it.* So I’m throwing in a dip recipe, too. As if you really needed help coming up with ways to eat your fresh-baked pita chips…

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This dip is basically just labne and olive oil. Seasoned with za’atar.

Lately I’ve been putting za’atar in everything. In this dip, on the pita chips themselves, in chopped salads with olive oil, lemon, and feta, in soups and curries, in hummus… And the simplest: a dish of olive oil peppered with za’atar to sop up with fresh baguette or pita bread.

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That’s how I knew even before trying it that this Middle Eastern dip would be so insanely tasty: all of the flavors go so well together. Olive oil swirled into Greek yogurt-esque labne with the za’atar blend of thyme, sesame, salt, and lemony sumac sprinkled over the top (giving it a necessary dose of color). Yum!

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Let me confess that the pita chips and the dip, should you make extras, will probably keep for a few days– the pita chips in an airtight container, and the dip in the fridge– but I wouldn’t know; this seems to be one appetizer that resists resulting in leftovers!**

Making Labne Olive Oil Dip with Za'atar

In other words, try this. Especially if 1) you are trying to cut back on your pita chip-buying budget, 2) you’re sad that the pita bread you bought has gotten slightly stale, or 3) you’ve been searching high and low for a seriously yummy appetizer that’s easier to make than it looks. Or 4) all of the above.

Homemade Pita Chips with Za'atar

* Especially when it’s not as if I baked the pita myself… My girlfriend’s been getting into bread-baking recently, and she’s promised to try her hand at pita bread, but until she does, the delicious and super-thin white and whole wheat pita breads I’ve been buying from a local Eastern European market will have to suffice.

** Luckily I suppose you can still feel healthy after eating a whole bowl, knowing that this creamy addictive dip is made from yogurt and not from… scratch that, I don’t even want to know what those white ranch-like creamy grocery store vegetable dips are made of.

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Pita Chips with Labne Olive Oil Dip
(Serves 2-4 as an appetizer or snack)

~ 4 rounds pita bread, sliced in large triangles (and separated into a single layer)
~ 8-10 Tbsp. olive oil
~ sea salt
~ za’atar (a blend of thyme, sumac, sesame, and salt)

For the Dip:
~ 1/2 cup Labne or Greek yogurt (about 6-7 Tbsp.)
~ 3-4 tsp. olive oil
~ 1 tsp. za’atar, or to taste

How to make it:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread parchment paper or tin foil on a cookie sheet. Split up the pita bread and arrange the triangles, inside (rough side) up on the cookie sheet.

2. Either lightly spray the pita chips with olive oil cooking spray, or use a brush to dab a bit of olive oil onto each chip. Sprinkle salt and/or za’atar over the chips before they go in the oven.

Making Pita Chips

3. Bake for 7 minutes (or 10-12 minutes, for thicker pita bread), until the chips are crispy and just starting to brown.

4. Meanwhile, make the dip: Stir olive oil into the Labne until the texture becomes smooth and creamy. Sprinkle with za’atar. Enjoy!

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Homemade Pita Chips with Labne Olive Oil Dip

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> Tabbouleh (bulgar wheat salad with parsley and mint)
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> Eggs Benedict with Greek Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce

28 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2012 11:57 am

    YUM! And love the pics in this post. Nice work!

  2. June 14, 2012 12:19 pm

    Best snack ever my friend, looks delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    • June 15, 2012 9:09 am

      Thanks! (And yeah, I feel that I’m often restraining myself from posting snacks masquerading as recipes, but this is such a good one!)

  3. June 14, 2012 1:09 pm

    What a good idea! I don’t usually buy pita chips but these look so much better, and the dip sounds great.

    • June 15, 2012 9:13 am

      Thanks! I should have included people who don’t buy pita chips at all in my list of people who should try this! Homemade chips are healthier and more customizable than the store-bought ones anyway.

  4. June 14, 2012 2:26 pm

    After having lived in the middle east for a little while, i have a strong fondness for arabic dishes. This is one of my favorite snacks…. Your labne dip looks perfect!

    • June 15, 2012 9:15 am

      Thank you! That is so nice to hear. (I mean, I know it tastes good to me, but I’ve basically just improvised the ratios, since I learned that this is a way to eat labne, but have never actually looked up a real recipe for it.)

  5. June 14, 2012 10:56 pm

    Looks yummy, pretty and easy. The big 3 for me. Cheers!!

    • June 15, 2012 9:17 am

      Definitely! The classic big 3. Followed by: do I have all or most of the ingredients already… : )

  6. June 15, 2012 9:37 pm

    I could live on Labne! This looks delicious!

    • June 20, 2012 10:18 am

      Mmm, me too! Besides eating it by the spoonful, I now use labne as substitutes for so many things: whole milk yogurt, sour cream in baking recipes, eggs in Hollandaise sauce…

  7. Ruby permalink
    June 19, 2012 11:56 pm

    Hi Allison, thanks for stopping by my blog – I see now why you were checking out lebneh recipes! Weird, too, because I just finished making yogurt, which is destined to be lebneh. You’ve showcased such a simple and wonderful breakfast (or snack), with the pita and zaatar. One of my favourites, and I can’t wait to be done with this low-carb diet I’m on so I can indulge again!

  8. June 27, 2012 2:27 am

    MMMMMMMMM,…what lovely & appetizing food! Food that makes me smile! :)


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