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HALLOWEEN & THANKSGIVING RECIPE: Pumpkin Seed Dip With Crudités & Tortilla Chips


[1] Serve pumpkin dip with crudités and tortilla chips (photo © Frontera Foods).

Nopalito Tortilla Chips
[2] Tortilla chips are a crunchy counterpoint (photo © Good Eggs).


[3] Pepitas, shelled pumpkin seeds (photo by Elvira Kalviste | © The Nibble).

  Mexican cuisine chef Rick Bayless of Chicago’s Frontera Grill knows about pumpkin. It’s a popular ingredient in Mexico. In addition to the flesh of the pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, called pepitas in Spanish, are used extensively in moles and other recipes.

For Halloween, Chef Bayless has given us his pumpkin seed dip, which he serves with crudités and Frontera tortilla chips.

Note that this is a savory dip, nothing like the sweet pumpkin purée dip popularly served with ginger snaps (of course, we like that version, too).

This dip should be enjoyed with a good beer or a glass of wine.
 
 
SAVORY PUMPKIN SEED DIP

The recipe can be made up to two days in advance. Makes 2½ cups of dip.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) habanero salsa (we used Frontera brand, one of our favorites)
  • 1 cup hulled roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus a few sprigs for garnish
  • Salt
  • Extra pepitas for garnish
  • Tortilla chips
  • Assorted raw vegetables (crudités)/li>
     
    Preparation

    1. CUT. Cut the vegetables and set them aside with the tortilla chips for serving.

    2. BLEND. Put 1 cup (half) of the salsa, pumpkin seeds, and lime juice into a blender. Process them to a thick paste.

    3. STIR. Scrape into a bowl. Stir in the remaining salsa and cilantro. Season with salt to taste.

    4. PLATE. Serve with cut vegetables and/or tortilla chips.
     
     
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