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Dips and Pita Crisps


Snacking is a cinch when you have a variety of dips — and of course, something delicious to dip into them. It’s easy to prepare these in advance, and your very hungry family will have what to munch on while your other food is warming.


Make the Pita Crisps


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Cut each pita pocket into eight triangles. Place the triangles on a cookie sheet lined with Gefen Easy Baking paper.


In a small bowl, combine the oil, pepper, garlic salt, basil, and za’atar. Brush each pita triangle with the oil mixture.


Bake for about seven minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Watch carefully as they burn easily!

For the Roasted Garlic and Pepper Humus


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Put the garlic and oil in a pan and roast for about 10–15 minutes.


Broil the red pepper for five minutes on each side. Place it in a brown paper bag for 20 minutes and then peel off the black parts (the paper bag makes it easier to peel). Remove the seeds, and cut the pepper into slices. (Alternatively, you can use a jar of roasted red peppers.)


Grind the chickpeas, tehina, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper in a food processor.


Slowly add the garlic-oil mixture, and then add the red peppers. Mix until the ingredients are combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour. (This can also be prepared a day in advance.)

For the Olive Spread


In a food processor, grind the basil, garlic, parsley, and nuts. Add the olives and pulse until chopped thoroughly. In a slow stream, pour in the oil until emulsified. Add salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least an hour.