If there's one thing I'm picky about (though, let's be honest, I'm picky about a lot of things), it's pita bread. Unless it's a certain way -- thick, but not too thick; pliable, but strong enough to hold a lot of fillings; chewy, but soft -- I have a hard time enjoying the whole meal.
I've had the works when it comes to pita bread -- thin, puffy, bland, flavorful, flimsy, crunchy, large, miniature. You name it, I've probably had it because I love to make meals on pitas. Just the other day, we ate pizza on pita bread. Other times, I love filling them with sandwich staples, like cheese, lettuce, mayo and tomatoes. Sometimes, just peanut butter and jelly between warm pita bread slices is just what I need. But often I find the pita itself is just a conduit through which its fillings get into my hungry belly.
With this Cheesy Onion Pita Bread, I hoped to make a pita -- not too thin, not too thick; not too crusty, not too flimsy -- that was packed with flavor all on its own. With shredded sharp cheddar cheese and crunchy, sweet red onion mixed right into the dough, these pitas are a mini-meal in themselves. Just spackle on some hummus, or cream cheese and cucumbers, and the meal is made.
One thing to keep in mind when you make these: Make sure you roll out the dough fairly thin before you bake them. You'll think you're rolling them out too thin, but you're probably not -- the dough rises quite a bit in the oven. As you can see in the photos, the pitas I made were a tad thicker than I normally like them, but no less tasty. I just didn't know how eager they would be to rise in the oven!
This recipe offers a lot of room for variation. Though I kept mine simple with red onions and cheddar cheese, these ingredients can easily be swapped for mozzarella and chopped basil or sundried tomatoes; white cheddar and herbs; or blue cheese and walnuts, if you want to go a little crazy. Cut the pitas lengthwise and stuff them like a sandwich, or don't cut them and fold them like a taco with the fillings inside. Either way, this pita bread works as a flavorful replacement for the boring, old, plain option.
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