Barbecue’s big flavors often call for a collection of robust sides. Often times a backyard cookout is accompanied by some cheap potato chips. Here’s a way to dress it up and offer a slightly healthier (baked) alternative. Sure you can buy pita chips in the store, but they tend to be small overpriced bags and not enough for small gathering.
Go ahead and try to make these chips at home they’re super easy and we nailed it on the first try.
Garlic Pita Chips
Olive oil spray
- Cut pita bread in half, then cut each half into four triangles and separate each triangle.
- Place chips on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and brush heavily with olive oil.
- Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over all. (One side only for best result.)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
- Flip chips and spray with olive oil spray.
- Bake 6-8 more minutes until golden brown. (For convection, use 325 degrees and only 6 minutes on the second round.)
- Drain on a paper towel and serve with your favorite dip!
Need a quick side to cap off a BBQ feast? This is a quick cheese biscuit recipe that has an emphais on quick. You could roll the dough and cut into neat rounds (trick: use an old clean soup can with both ends out for perfect round cuts) but these “drop” buscuits are a bit rustic and taste just as good.
- 2 cups bisquick baking mix
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 Sour Cream
- 3/4 cup Kraft Mexican Cheddar Jack with Jalapeno
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- pich of salt
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix butter & garlic powder. Brush garlic mixture over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm. Makes 12.
Serving Size: 4
- 2 tablespoons Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
- 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons sweet or smoked paprika
Sometimes the simple things can make an ordinary recipe a “secret” recipe. I’ve discovered one “trick” that adds a special kick to all sorts of sauces and marinades. Liquid Smoke. It is hard to believe they can bottle the stuff… but it’s simply condensed smoke. Made almost like moon shine condensed from the smoke of all sorts of hardwoods but mainly hickory and mesquite. It’s filtered and then sold somewhere between the ketchup and hot sauce.
Just remember it’s strong stuff. A little goes a long way.