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Round out your meal with crispy pita toast

A dash of paprika adds some color to garlic-rubbed pita toasts.
A dash of paprika adds some color to garlic-rubbed pita toasts. KIMBERLEY HASSELBRINK

What meal wouldn’t be a little happier with some crispy, crunchy, garlic-infused pita toasts? From a ho-hum lunch salad to a simple chicken dinner, this simple side dish is a way to perk up your plate.

As long as you have a few rounds of pita bread and some stray cloves of garlic hanging around, pita toasts are just minutes away.

This is a great idea that we picked up from a reader named Lauren. She makes these as a quick side dish for weeknight meals, but they’re fancy enough that you could serve them at a party with an assortment of dips.

This is also a great way to use up a few leftover pita breads that might be going stale.

Emma Christensen:

Crispy Garlic Pita Toasts

2 to 3 pita bread rounds

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

3 to 4 cloves of garlic, smashed

Kosher salt

Fresh pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the pita breads into quarters.

Brush pita breads with olive oil, then rub vigorously with the smashed garlic cloves. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a bit of paprika.

Place the pita bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until crispy.

Notes: For extra-crispy, cracker-like toasts, split the quarters open and toast in a single layer. Reduce the baking time a bit. For extra garlic flavor, leave the garlic cloves scattered on top of the breads to roast while the breads crisp.

Yield: 4 servings.