Dinner Ideas Made Simple With Pita Bread
Pita bread pizza is one of our favourite pizzas to make on homemade olive pita even though every once in a while I whip up my better than take-out pizza as a splurge for the two of us. The great thing about pita bread pizzas is that it is an easy meal for one and it’s not only simple to make it’s also a healthy alternative to the traditional pizza pie.
The ingredients to make your own pita bread are fairly straightforward but if you don’t fancy making your own pita bread you can purchase all sorts of flat breads and pita breads at the grocery store for about $1.00. For this recipe I used my olive pita bread recipe but I rolled it out very thin so no pocket would form. We are always looking for healthy lunch ideas and preferably a recipe that won’t take us long to make. The great thing about making the pita bread is you can freeze it and take one out a time if you like if you only want to make one serving.
Cooking with kids
Pita bread pizzas are becoming more popular with the kids as well because more families are introducing pita into the kitchen which is a great alternative to traditional breads. I know that I love having kids in the kitchen to teach them how to cook and if you inspire a young child you never know where the inspirations may take them. You have to motivate a child though and encourage them to participate and making pita pizzas a simple way to get them involved in making a delicious meal or snack that they will be proud they did on their own.
Pita pizza toppings
I’m a huge fan of ricotta and if you look at my recipe index you will see I use ricotta in many of my creations. Although I buy ricotta if you have the time you can make homemade ricotta very easily. My friend Beth at Aunt B’s Kitchen has a simple ricotta recipe that anyone can make ahead of time so you can use a base for your pita bread pizza toppings. If you are a veggie pizza lover the great thing about pita bread pizzas is that you can put whatever toppings you like on top.
This pita pizza recipe that I am sharing with you today has a base layer with ricotta cheese then a nice layer of my basil pesto, cooked pork sausages, mushrooms, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmigiano cheese and a splash of extra virgin olive oil on top. If you like kale, collard greens, spinach, rapini or Swiss Chard you could sauté the vegetables in a pan with some garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and add the greens as wonderful flavour enhancer to the pita pizza as a topping.
The garlic in the basil pesto gives this pita pizza the pizzazz it needs and if you are a grill master you could easily make pizza on the grill and it would make the cooking time even quicker. I’m also betting the flavour will taste 100 times better although I’ve never tried it myself. The variations of toppings for a pita pizza is endless and as long as you have a foodie imagination and a hungry stomach you can look in your pantry and see what you have on hand and turn your pita pizza into a masterpiece.
If you don’t want to make this a quick-lunch and prefer to serve it as a healthy dinner alternative you could add a lovely tuna pasta salad, cucumber and mint salad, tomato salad with chickpeas to make this a complete meal. I like to garnish my dish with fresh parsley from the garden and then I put it right on top of my pita pizza and eat straight away while it’s hot. You can’t beat fresh herbs from the garden so when they are available to me I eat them every chance I can. Sometimes you might even catch me just ripping a piece of parsley, basil or chives while wandering around the back gardens for taste and smell of the aroma on my hands.
What toppings do you like on your pita pizza?
Yield: 4 pita pizzas
Oven temp: 350 degrees for 7 -10 minutes
Preparation Pita Bread
Start by making your own Olive Pita Bread. If you don’t like olives you can leave them out. If you don’t have time to make pita bread then buy a package at your local grocery store.
- 1 cup of basil pesto
- 1 cup of grated mozzarella
- 1 cup of fresh ricotta cheese
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
- 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
- 4 cooked pork sausages sliced
- fresh parsley to garnish
- Extra virgin olive oil to splash on top of each pita pizza
- Heat up your pizza stone in the oven so it comes to temp at 350 degrees. If you don’t have a pizza stone you can easily use a baking sheet or the grill.
- Layer the bottoms of your pita with ricotta cheese, then a layer of pesto, layer of marinara sauce, mushrooms, sausages, mozzarella cheese on top with Parmigiano cheese and a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil
- Put them in the oven on the pizza stone at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes or until browned and the cheese is melted.
- Enjoy with a garnish of fresh parsley and a side salad.
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