We are pleased to have another collaboration, this time from two guest bloggers, Sarah and Gracey! We are happy to share their ideas on how to taste and include Jordan cuisine in your daily life, a great souvenir or premise of your trip to Jordan.
In this post, Sarah and Gracey will share the most staple food in a Jordanian diet, Pita bread, and give 5 of their favourite ways to enjoy it. They will also include a recipe from their parents’ cookbook so that wherever you are, you will be able to enjoy ‘A Taste of Jordan.’
About the Authors:
Sarah and Gracey are American sisters living in Aqaba, Jordan with their parents, 4 brothers, and sister. They enjoy creating in the kitchen together. Their cooking is influenced by Middle Eastern Cuisine as well as American. They like experimenting with Jordanian flavours and products. To see their dishes, recipes, and cooking tips follow them on their A Taste of Jordan Instagram and Facebook pages.
If you have ever been to Jordan, you’ve tasted the local bread, pita. Whether at a restaurant or in a Bedouin tent, pita is served with all Jordanian meals. In fact, the Arabic word for regular bread (khobus) is the same word for pita bread. It’s not hard to find a bakery in Jordan with plenty of fresh pita coming off a conveyer belt.
Most pita bread sold in Jordan is white, but you can also find whole wheat, known by the locals as brown bread. You can buy pita thin, regular, or thick depending on how you want to use it.
Here are 5 of our favourite ways to eat pita bread:
1. Za’atar Oil Dip
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend. It is mostly made with thyme, sesame seeds, and a few other ingredients. There are many variations. It makes a delicious bread dip mixed with olive oil, salt, and hot pepper paste (optional). If you are visiting Jordan, you are going to want to make a stop at one of the spice shops for some souvenirs. Make sure to ask for some Za’atar! Sahtain!
2. Ground Beef and Hummus Open Sandwich
Lightly grill the pita for flavour. Cook the ground beef in a pan over the stove with salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and paprika. This adds a unique Jordanian seasoning. Spread a layer of hummus over the pita. Top with ground beef, sautéed peppers and onions, and a little hot pepper paste. Eat as an open sandwich or fold it over like a taco. Sahtain!
3. Pita French Toast
Pita French Toast is a quick, easy, and special breakfast! We used whole wheat pita for this recipe. Quarter the pita and dip it in a French Toast egg mixture. Fry the French Toast in a pan over medium heat for one minute on each side. Top with date syrup, fresh preserves, and fruit, or whatever you like. Sahtain!
4. Pita Pizzas
Pizza is popular in Jordan as it is all over the world. Pita pizzas are a fast and easy way to enjoy a personalized pizza! Lightly spread tomato sauce over a pita. Add plenty of cheese and other toppings if desired. Sprinkle a little fresh basil and salt over each pita. The fresh basil adds a lot of flavor, and it is a plant that grows well everywhere in Jordan! Bake for six to eight minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Slice and enjoy hot. Sahtain!
5. Pita Chips with Dips
These easy homemade Pita Chips are great with so many delicious Jordanian spreads! Halve and cut the pita into desired pieces. Toss pieces in a bowl with a little oil, or spray with an oil spray. Spread pieces on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 6 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). We love to dip these chips in homemade salsa, hummus, baba ghanouj, labaneh (a Middle Eastern cream cheese), muhammara (spicy red pepper dip), and shakshuka. Of course, you are going to want to come to Jordan to taste some of these yummy spreads!
Our Homemade Pita Recipe
Even if you are not in Jordan, you can still enjoy these pita ideas. Below is a recipe for Whole Wheat Pitas from our parents’ cookbook and eating manual OFFER the BEST: Cooking to Please Your Family, Your Friends, and Your Fitness Coach. Our dad is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Specialist, and our mom is a talented cook in the kitchen. Their cookbook shares many of our family’s favorite healthy recipes. It also includes helpful information about making food choices in light of health, fitness, and weight loss. You can purchase their cookbook on our family website Jordan in Jordan.
Whole Wheat Pitas
Ingredients (This recipe yields 8 whole pitas or 16 halves)
Warm water (110-115° F) 1 1/4 cup
Olive oil 1 tablespoon
Sea Salt 1 teaspoon
Honey 1 tablespoon honey
Wheat flour Plus 1 1/3 cup
Whole wheat flour plus 1 3/4 cups
Dry yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons
In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients: warm water, oil, salt and honey. Add 1 1/3 cups of the flour, along with the yeast, and stir to mix. Add remaining flour and knead to make a soft dough.
Put the dough in a bowl, lightly oil the top, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until almost doubled in size (about an hour). You can turn your oven on to the lowest setting, allow the oven to heat up, then turn the oven off and place the dough in the oven to rise there.
Punch the dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces using a sharp knife. Form each piece into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball into a 6 or 7 inch circle.
As you roll the rounds, set them aside on a lightly floured countertop or table, and cover loosely with a towel. Let rise for about 25-35 minutes, until slightly puffy. They will still be thin.
Preheat oven to 500°. Place rounds side by side onto a wire rack, such as used for cooling things. Place rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes, until puffy and just slightly browned.
Remove from rack and immediately wrap and layer pita breads in damp paper towels to soften. Continue baking the remaining breads, allowing them to cool completely on cooling racks.
Cut pita breads in half and split the top edge. Fill as desired.
Store pitas in a plastic zipper bag in the refrigerator for a few days—they never last long in our house.
These Whole Wheat Pitas are awesome fresh out of the oven with homemade hummus. Our parents’ cookbook also includes 3 unique and delicious homemade hummus recipes that you can make to go with your Whole Wheat Pita.
We hope this homemade pita recipe ties you over until your next visit to Jordan! Please don’t forget to check out and follow A Taste of Jordan Instagram and Facebook pages. If these ideas make you wonder even more about Jordan, let us know and we will be happy to help you! Get in touch with In2Jordan to visit this beautiful country and why not, to include a food tour in your trip