Sunday, March 25, 2012

Greek Pita Pizzas

I am all about quick and easy meals these days.  Now that it's light until eight pm, I want to have time to eat, play outside, and take a short walk before it's time to start the bath-books-bedtime routine.  I'm also recommitting to the whole weight-loss thing in an effort to fit into a bathing suit this summer, so I'm trying to keep dinner on the light side as well.  

These pita pizzas meet both requirements.  And I loved them so much that I had them for lunch the next two days as well.  You start with a pita - whole wheat if you're feeling healthy - and crisp them up shortly in the oven.  Hummus acts as the sauce, then you can play with the toppings and add whatever you see fit.  I did a combination of cherry tomatoes, onion, and kalamata olives.  Spinkle with some mozzarella and feta, then the pizzas get another brief stint in the oven to heat everything up and melt the cheese.  And then the grand finale:  drizzle the whole thing with tzatziki.  Mmmmm tzatziki sauce.

Greek Pita Pizzas
inspired by America's Test Kitchen, The Best Simple Recipes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 (8-inch) pita breads
  • 1 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 small red onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3/4 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • tzatziki sauce, for serving
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.  Brush 1 tablespoon of the oil over both sides of pitas.  Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake about 5 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining oil, vinegar, and oregano in a medium bowl.  Season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine.  Toss with the olives, onions, and tomatoes.

Spread 2 tablespoons of the hummus over each pita, leaving a small border.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mozzarella on each pita, Divide the vegetable mixture evenly over the cheese, then sprinkle with the feta.  

Cook until the vegetables are softened and the cheese has melted, 6 to 8 minutes.  Drizzle with tzatziki sauce and serve.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I love a good pita pizza and this sounds so yummy!

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

Hold me.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I'll be adding these to my lunch rotation:)

Nicole, RD said...

I love pizza dough as much as the next person, but it's not really practical for a weeknight meal. These, however...totally. And those toppings. Sigh! Love'em! These are on the menu for next week already!

Brianna said...

Why have I never thought of this!? Can't wait to make these. We are also loving simple meals these days for the purpose of a walk before the bedtime routine!

Joanne said...

I always bring leftovers for lunch and so I have a soft spot for leftovers that actually make for reasonable, semi-normal lunches. Bonus if they're healthy to boot! Yum.

MyFudo™ said...

Nobody says no to pizza in our family...This will be a blast! Thanks for sharing.

Nikki said...

LOVE Greek pizza and even more on pita bread! :)

Laura said...

Love pita pizzas, and love the Greek spin on it. I was inspired by Nikki's Mediterranean pie, and now these? I'd best be buying another jar of kalamatas. Looks great!

Sarah @ Fresh Living said...

These look amazing! I love making little pizzas at home. How delicious!

Laura said...

I love pita pizzas. These are such an amazing idea that's perfect for lunch or dinner!

Amy - OPC said...

Have these in te oven now - thank you! :)

Elizabeth said...

This looks great!

Annie said...

Dude, these look freaking amazing. LOVE.

Rachel said...

These look and sound so good! I cannot wait to try them.

test it comm said...

I really like the sound of these Greek pita pizzas!

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