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Wed, Jan 08 2014 post by Amber From dessertnowdinnerlater

Pita Pockets

Since I typically have a turkey sandwich for lunch, I thought it would be fun to create a Pita Pocket for my sandwich with Rhodes rolls & it worked out great!  Now I can make my turkey ...

These Pita Pockets are so easy to make with Rhodes rolls.I don't know about you, but once the new year starts, my diet completely changes.  I'm not a health nut by any means, I believe in all things in moderation, but I do get tired of the junk food by January. It always helps me feel better to start fresh & try & lose any extra pounds I have gained over the holidays as well.  Since I typically have a turkey sandwich for lunch, I thought it would be fun to create a Pita Pocket for my sandwich with Rhodes rolls & it worked out great!  Now I can make my turkey sandwich with one 100 calorie pita pocket instead of two slices of bread that can equal a whopping 200 calories or more.  These Pita Pockets are so easy to make!  Like Rhodes has done all the work, you just have to roll it out & bake it.  Let me show you how... 


These Pita Pockets are so easy to make with Rhodes rolls.Thaw & slighlty rise as many rolls as you want pita pockets.  I did 8 Rhodes White Dinner Rolls.  This should work for Rhodes Multi-Grain, Cracked Wheat, or 100% Whole Wheat Texas Rolls as well.  Make sure that you thaw them far enough apart that they don't stick to each other.  Preheat oven to 500ËšF & lower your rack as far down as it will go.  Place a baking sheet in the oven on the lowest rack as it preheats. 

 

These Pita Pockets are so easy to make with Rhodes rolls.Then, with a little flour & a rolling pin, roll each roll into about a 5" circle.  You are basically rolling them as thin as you can without causing rips/tears in the dough; between 1/8" & 1/4" thick.


These Pita Pockets are so easy to make with Rhodes rolls.Cover the pita circles with a dry cloth topped with a damp cloth to keep the dough from drying out as you work on your other rolls.  Allow rolled circles to rest for 10 minutes.  Once the oven & baking sheet are piping hot (heated for about 15 minutes) pull the rack out & quickly lay prepared circles flat onto the tray, as many as you can fit comfortably.  The first round I did 3 on the tray, the second round I was able to fit my remaining 5. 


These Pita Pockets are so easy to make with Rhodes rolls.Shut the oven door.  And wait until the dough puffs up, about 2 minutes (may take up to 4 or 5 minutes depending on your oven.)  With tongs, GENTLY flip the pockets over & cook another 1-2 minutes or until browned on the bottom.  Try not to poke a hole into them with your tongs.  Remove pita pockets from the oven with tongs onto a plate or into a basket & immediately cover them with a towel to trap the steam & keep the pockets soft & useable.


These Pita Pockets are so easy to make with Rhodes rolls.Cut your pita pocket in half, open & insert your favorite sandwich fillings.  My kids also like to keep them whole & just top them with sauce & cheese for a quick pizza in the oven or microwave.  You can also cut them into triangles, toast them in the oven some more & use them as pita chips for hummus.  The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy your super easy semi-homemade pita pockets!

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Pita Pockets

Servings: 12 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 20 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 5 min

Create a Pita Pocket for your sandwich.

Pita Pockets
5.0 / 5  (4 votes, 4 reviews )

Ingredients

8+ Rhodes Rolls (dinner, Texas, multi-grain, whatever kind you like)
Flour, for dusting

Instructions

Thaw & slighlty
Rise as many rolls as you want pita pockets.
Make sure that you thaw them far enough apart that they don't stick to each other.
Preheat oven to 500˚F & lower your rack as far down as it will go. Place a baking sheet in the oven on the lowest rack as it preheats.
Roll each roll into about a 5" circle.
Cover the pita circles with plastic wrap. Allow rolled circles to rest for 10 minutes.  Once the oven & baking sheet are piping hot (heated for about 15 minutes) pull the rack out & quickly lay prepared circles flat onto the tray.
Shut the oven door.  And wait until the dough puffs up, about 2-5 min.
With tongs, GENTLY flip the pockets over & cook another 1-2 minutes or until browned on the bottom.  
Remove pita pockets from the oven with tongs onto a plate or into a basket & immediately cover them with a towel to trap the steam & keep the pockets soft & useable.

4 Comments

Kate said on Jan 08, 2014
Looks fun. I like your idea of saving 100 calories too! Thanks!
maribel said on Feb 04, 2014
can i used regular pizza dough to make this pita pockets?. the reason why im asking this is bc it has yeast in it.
Del said on Sep 27, 2014
Fabulous!

Here's a variation I discovered.

Za’atar
2 tablespoons ground thyme
3 tablespoons sesame seeds (hulled), toasted
2 teaspoons ground sumac*
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl. ( Makes scant 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup olive oil (scant)
Stir in olive oil and use as a dip with pita or make za’atar bread (maneesh)

Za'atar Bread
Press 1 tsp. za'atar into each pita round before baking. Press in w/ fingers; it should not rise. Bake about 5 min.

*sumac is found in middle eastern groceries or online
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