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Jan 3, 2007 12:55 AM

Ingredient Challenge - ISO Filling for Pita Pockets

I have mini pita bread 'pockets' and i'm hosting a gathering at my place tomorrow evening. I need an idea for a quick filling I can whip up for these pockets - something savory versus sweet. Thanks in advance - any ideas?

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  1. Dill cream cheese (chop of dill, mix with cream cheese) and salmon (either smoked or grilled and broken into pieces) is always popular. I've baked it into filo or puff pastry, put it in savory cream puff shells, and even rolled it in a flour tortilla with red onions and romaine lettuce. Always good, and very quick.

    1. A middle eastern salad of cucumber, tomato, parsley (and onion if you want it) with some tahini drizzled in.

      There are many variations on this - you could add some hummus or baba ghanouj (sp?). You could squeeze on a little lemon juice instead of the tahini. You could even make felafel if you can fit them in the mini pockets.

      Less traditional - diced tomato, goat cheese and basil.

      One more option (the dill thread made me think of this) - heart of palm salad. Diced heart of palm, sour cream or yogurt, salt, pepper, and dill. Super-easy, very tasty.

      1. cream cheese and olive paste is great too - u can additionally stuff caramelized onions, VERY QUICK

        1. For Savory:
          Guacamole + Salsa + sour cream + cheese + shredded beef / chicken / pork - if you really want it quick these things are all available at your local deli so you only need to assemble...

          For Sweet:
          Nutella + banana + Whipped Cream (optional)

          1. If you arent' set on stuffing them, turn them into pita chips!

            Split them in half so they are only one layer, arrange on a baking sheet smooth side down. Brush very lightly with olive oil, then a sprinkle of kosher salt. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 6 minutes, flip them over and return them to the oven for another 6 minutes. (baking times will vary on size and your own preferred degree of toastiness).

            I buy 5 or 6 pakcages of pita from the local middle eastern store (99 cents!) and live on these chips. Great with simple homemade hummus, tzaziki, feta and sausage, everything!