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I got some pita pockets today, and I've heard a lot of people here mention their love of pita pockets and hummus, but I can't remember exactly how to prepare them. Do you just stuff it with a layer of hummus, or do you put other things in there, or veggies or something on top? Also, how much hummus do you use? Just a spread layer, like the way you coat toast with margarine, or do you make it more like a thick sandwich layer, like peanut butter layered on a sandwich?<br><br><br>
Also, this is really embarrassing, but I can't figure out how to make them pockets. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"> The bag I got says "Pita pockets" on it, and has ideas for how to eat them, but all it says is to stuff them, not how to get it into a pocket to stuff them. I assume they come with pockets built in, but I'm not sure how to slice them to get to it? I don't know if I should do it sideways or longways or if the pocket isn't actually built in and I have to cut it myself or something, because I've never eaten pita bread before. If it helps, they're called Pita Kangaroo Pockets. I got that brand because it sounded cool like a kangaroo pocket and I figured they'd be ready sliced or pocketed or whatever <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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just slice it in half and it'll pop right open! Yes, spread a heavy layer of hummus inside and fill with falafel, lettuce tomatoes, red onion, or any combination of whatever. cucumber is also good in them, as is the shredded carrots in a bag....it's up to you!
 

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just slice it in half and it'll pop right open! Yes, spread a heavy layer of hummus inside and fill with falafel, lettuce tomatoes, red onion, or any combination of whatever. cucumber is also good in them, as is the shredded carrots in a bag....it's up to you!</div>
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Thanks! I don't know why I didn't think of that before. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> It worked perfectly. On the back it mentioned slicing in half, but it said to slice it in half to use for two pizza crusts, so I assumed it wouldn't work. I probably should have just not read the back label because it confused me even more. And I'll try that, I love hummus but the only thing I've used it with so far are bagels and I'm getting a bit bored of hummus and bagels, and I think the hummus will taste really good with the pita bread.
 

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oh, it will! and for the pizzas, I think they mean to slice it sideways, so you get two complete rounds, not in half up and down, which gives you the pockets.
 

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Ohhh I am a pita junkie. I eat them everyday. Sandwiches, chips, pizzas, toast, etc. They are so versatile.<br><br>
I usually don't slice them to make pizzas and just use the whole thing as the crust because I'm not a fan of super thin pizza crusts. For chips, I cut them in quarters lightly spray or spread on some vegan butter or olive oil, sprinkle with whatever spices I'm craving then bake them in the oven for 5 mins. I've made salt/vinegar chips, cinnamon/sugar chips, nacho chips, garlic/onion chips, etc.<br><br>
I love using them instead of bread for sandwiches because you can cram soo many ingredients in there and make a nice overstuffed sandwich. Falafel/hummus, chickpea salad, beans and rice, etc.<br><br>
My sister's favorite is pita with chocolate peanut butter (from Peanut Butter & Co.) spread inside then microwaved for a few seconds into warm, melty, gooey goodness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Photojess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2961129"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
spread a heavy layer of hummus inside and fill with falafel, lettuce tomatoes, red onion, or any combination of whatever. cucumber is also good in them, as is the shredded carrots in a bag</div>
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Ohhh I am a pita junkie. I eat them everyday. Sandwiches, chips, pizzas, toast, etc. They are so versatile.<br><br>
I usually don't slice them to make pizzas and just use the whole thing as the crust because I'm not a fan of super thin pizza crusts. For chips, I cut them in quarters lightly spray or spread on some vegan butter or olive oil, sprinkle with whatever spices I'm craving then bake them in the oven for 5 mins. I've made salt/vinegar chips, cinnamon/sugar chips, nacho chips, garlic/onion chips, etc.<br><br>
I love using them instead of bread for sandwiches because you can cram soo many ingredients in there and make a nice overstuffed sandwich. Falafel/hummus, chickpea salad, beans and rice, etc.<br><br>
My sister's favorite is pita with chocolate peanut butter (from Peanut Butter & Co.) spread inside then microwaved for a few seconds into warm, melty, gooey goodness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Wow, thanks for all the ideas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have some chickpea salad filling that I could use, too. Maybe I'll make half of one with hummus and veggies and half of one with chickpea salad filling for lunch.<br><br>
also, falafel is veg*n or do you have to veg*nize it? I had a falafel when I was younger, as an omni, but I thought it was like ground beef cooked a certain way stuffed in a tortilla wrap thing, because it had a meat-y texture.
 

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falafel is usually always vegan, especially if it is made with a traditional recipe, falafel is chickpeas, herbs and spices.<br><br>
i like to make pita chips to eat with hummus, or guacamole. just cut the pita up into triangles (cut in half then cut halves in half) put on a baking sheet into an oven heated to around 320 F, bake for 6-8 min until crispy. use these as chips to scoop up hummus or other dips
 

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falafel is usually always vegan, especially if it is made with a traditional recipe, falafel is chickpeas, herbs and spices.<br><br>
i like to make pita chips to eat with hummus, or guacamole. just cut the pita up into triangles (cut in half then cut halves in half) put on a baking sheet into an oven heated to around 320 F, bake for 6-8 min until crispy. use these as chips to scoop up hummus or other dips</div>
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Wow, that's awesome about falafels! I had a pita pocket with hummus today and the pita bread reminded me exactly of a falafel, so I guess when I had falafel it was wrapped in a pita bread, not a tortilla. It was really good, now I really want to make some falafel to stuff it with now that I know it's usually vegan.
 

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Wow, that's awesome about falafels! I had a pita pocket with hummus today and the pita bread reminded me exactly of a falafel, so I guess when I had falafel it was wrapped in a pita bread, not a tortilla. It was really good, now I really want to make some falafel to stuff it with now that I know it's usually vegan.</div>
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great, falafel is actually super easy to make from scratch. falafel is usually always in a pita not a tortilla and depending on the region sometimes its stuffed in the pocket others wrap the pita around the ingredients like a burrito.<br><br>
for falafel use dried beans and soak them for 12-24 hours (be sure to change the water once or twice), use a food processor to mince the beans, add 1-2 bunches of fresh parsley, a few clove of garlic, cumin, and salt, (jalapenos for spicy falafel), process together. form into balls or discs and gently drop into hot oil about 2 min. thats it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>luvourmother</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962077"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
for falafel use dried beans and soak them for 12-24 hours (be sure to change the water once or twice), use a food processor to mince the beans, add 1-2 bunches of fresh parsley, a few clove of garlic, cumin, and salt, (jalapenos for spicy falafel), process together. form into balls or discs and gently drop into hot oil about 2 min. thats it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Love! I am so trying this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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great, falafel is actually super easy to make from scratch. falafel is usually always in a pita not a tortilla and depending on the region sometimes its stuffed in the pocket others wrap the pita around the ingredients like a burrito.<br><br>
for falafel use dried beans and soak them for 12-24 hours (be sure to change the water once or twice), use a food processor to mince the beans, add 1-2 bunches of fresh parsley, a few clove of garlic, cumin, and salt, (jalapenos for spicy falafel), process together. form into balls or discs and gently drop into hot oil about 2 min. thats it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Yes, this one was like a burrito, that's why I thought it was just a tasty differently cooked beef burrito <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">. I'm so glad it's not actually beef, though, and that is easy to make! I just got a food processor and haven't done much with it, so I'll have to try this. I heard there's also boxed mixes, too, so if those are vegan maybe I'll try starting out with those, just so I can remember the appearance and texture to know if I'm doing it righ when I make it from scratch
 

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Yes, this one was like a burrito, that's why I thought it was just a tasty differently cooked beef burrito <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">. I'm so glad it's not actually beef, though, and that is easy to make! I just got a food processor and haven't done much with it, so I'll have to try this. I heard there's also boxed mixes, too, so if those are vegan maybe I'll try starting out with those, just so I can remember the appearance and texture to know if I'm doing it righ when I make it from scratch</div>
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<br><img alt="" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TZSJ58STL.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">This is the brand I get. I've never made my own from scratch and need to start. I've always used the mix or gotten in from local Middle Eastern restaurants and bakeries. The mix isn't bad but it definitely doesn't compare to the real thing.
 

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anyone tried the baked falafel in AFR? i'm not cooking anything in oil, so frying is out....Hope someone had tried it!
 

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I havent tried it but I will one day.<br><br>
Today I toasted a bit of bread, and poured some curry on top of it as an open face sandwich. But any curry or stew can be stuffed in a pita too...
 

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I just put a veggie burger in a pita half and it was yummy. What is the best way to store Pitas so they stay good? can you freeze them and put in the toaster?
 

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I made some mixed veggies with curry sauce and mixed with garbanzo beans and brown rice and then put it in fridge. I spooned it into two halves of pita and it was amazing.
 

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I just put a veggie burger in a pita half and it was yummy. What is the best way to store Pitas so they stay good? can you freeze them and put in the toaster?</div>
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I put mine in the fridge, they tend to last way longer than leaving them out.
 

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I always freeze my pitas then toast them when I want to eat them. saves them going green! I actually only like pita when its been toasted >.><br><br>
also do you know whats awesome to make? falafel burgers! Get a box mix like Fadeaway posted, instead of balls make giant patties, deep fry, eat with joy. mmm.
 
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