You’ve spent all week checking (and re-checking) your fantasy football stats, stocking the beer fridge, inviting your buddies over, and making sure you’ll have no other obligations to take you away from your couch this week, but the one thing you forgot about was what you’re going to eat once the game starts! Just when you thought you’d have to order out, you remember that you read this very article and luckily, have a quick recipe on hand.
Superior Pita Chips
I personally love this recipe. The pita chips come out crispy and flavorful and the hummus is a great compliment to the herbs and seasonings on the chips.
- Pita pockets
- Olive oil
- Salt, pepper and whatever else you want to season them with (I like garlic salt and basil, myself).
1. First thing’s first: pre-heat your oven to 400.
2. Combine olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs in a bowl.
3. Next, take as many pita pockets you think you and your friends will eat (one package of 12 pockets will make a lot of chips) and slice them in half (so you have two circles). Then, cut those into 8 wedges.
4. Place as many wedges you can on a large baking tray or cookie sheet and then brush them with the oil mix. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a pastry brush; you can also dip the pieces in the oil or drizzle it over top of them once they’re on the baking tray.
5. Pop them in the oven until they’re crisp.
6. Put them in a big bowl so everyone can grab some for the dip you’re about to make.
Superior Garlic Hummus
This hummus recipe goes really well with the pita chips above and also tastes great with carrot sticks, crackers and pretty much anything else you want to dip. The secret to this recipe is the tahini. Tahini is a middle eastern paste made with olive oil and sesame seeds and is incredibly good. You can easily make your own tahini (by toasting about 5 cups of sesame seeds and blending them in a food processor with about 1 1/2 cups of olive oil), but if you’re pressed for time, you can usually find it at your local grocer. A lot of hummus recipes out there omit the tahini, and that’s fine, but I’ve found that after you’ve had hummus with tahini, you’ll notice its absence.
- One 15.5 ounce can of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), drained
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Preparation couldn’t be any easier: simply blend all the above ingredients together in a blender or food processor until you get your desired consistency. Serve in a wide, shallow bowl (for easy access) and enjoy with the pita chips you made and a nice refreshing, ice-cold beer.
As you can see, these superior snack recipes are super easy and don’t take much time to prepare. They’ll come in handy on game nights and they’ll pair well with beer and other drinks.
Game Time Recipe: Superior Pita Chips And Hummus