Toasted Pita with Black Sesame Seeds and Sumac

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Yield: Yields about thirty-six pieces.


This recipe makes more than you need for our summer picnic menu, but you won’t regret it. The pita chips keep well in a sealed bag. The Garlic-Yogurt Sauce makes a great dip.


2 tsp. black sesame seeds

1 tsp. ground sumac

1/4 tsp. cayenne; more to taste

Kosher salt

6 whole wheat or white pita breads

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, approximately


Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

In a small bowl, combine the black sesame seeds, sumac, cayenne, and 1-1/2 tsp. salt.

Split each pita horizontally into 2 rounds and tear each round into 3 rustic pieces. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with a generous amount of olive oil, and spread 12 of the pita pieces in a single layer, inner side down, on the sheet. Brush the outer side of the pita with additional olive oil and sprinkle evenly with about a third of the spice mixture. Toast the pita in the oven until golden brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pita and spice mixture in two more batches.

The chips may be made 1 day ahead.

nutrition information (per serving): Size : per piece, Calories (kcal): 50, Fat (kcal): 2.5, Fat Calories (g): 20, Saturated Fat (g): 0, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 6, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 105, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips