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Fried Pita Bread with Fava Beans and Zucchini

Credits: Herbivoracious

Everyone loves fresh bread. It’s so soft and delicious and smells amazing when it’s fresh and warm from the oven. But one of the problems with fresh bread is that it goes stale so quickly! There is nothing more heartbreaking then throwing away half a loaf of bread just because it’s gone crunchy and stiff. 

Luckily, there’s a solution! This recipe for Fried Pita Bread with Fava Beans and Zucchini will save you from the pain of stale-bread heartbreak.

This recipe not only has the power to mend broken hearts it’s also amazingly easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect dish to make in the middle of summer when the produce is fresh! It also comes together quickly, so you won’t have to spend hours in a kitchen sweating yourself to death. 

This dish is also absolutely customizable. Change the fava beans to chickpeas, or change the zucchini to cauliflower. If you’re really feeling rebellious, you can even change the pita bread to corn tortillas! Want to try this as a brunch dish? Adding a fried egg on top is a completely valid option.

But if you decide to stick with the plan, you should have no problem tracking down all the ingredients for this dish. If your local grocer isn’t well-stocked, they may not have the harissa, marinated olives, or fava beans. However, if there’s a specialty market anywhere near you, they will certainly have everything you need! 

The first step of this dish is preparing the bread, which could not be easier. Simply tear your slightly-stale pita into bite-sized chunks, and drop them into a pan that’s been coated in olive oil. Enjoy the sizzle and delicious smell for a couple of minutes, then scoop the bread bits out of the pan and onto a plate lined with paper towels. 

Now it’s time to pick up the pace! You don’t want the bread to get cold and soggy! 

Add a little more olive oil to the pan, and throw in the garlic and zucchini. Let them sizzle and get nice and brown before adding in everything else. If it gets too sticky, sprinkle some water in the pan to loosen things up and create a nice sauce. If you’re not great with spice, it’s also a good idea to go a little slow with the harissa. This recipe calls for 2 teaspoons, but we suggest starting small. Try ½ a teaspoon at a time, and be sure to taste-test in between! 

Once the mixture in the pan is spiced to your tastes and cooked through, add the bread back in. Don’t leave it in too long, or else it will get soggy again and you’re going to want all that crispy goodness. Just mix everything together until the fried bread is well coated in the sauce. 

Scoop out individual servings, garnish with tomatoes, olive oil, and zucchini blossoms (if you’re using them) and boom! You’re done! You’ve got a beautiful, delicious, (somewhat) healthy dish waiting for you to tuck into. Enjoy!

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