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Pumpkin Seed Spread

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Chef John

"My version of pumpkin seed spread straddles the fence between sweet and savory, and is very adaptable. It was inspired by a similar (but savory) spread that Cortney Burns and Nick Balla serve at their San Francisco restaurant, Duna."
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Ingredients

2 h 40 m servings 227 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (3 cups)

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Directions

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  1. Place garlic pieces in a cold, dry skillet. Add vegetable oil. Cook garlic on low heat until it starts to soften but does not get brown, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When garlic is tender, remove skillet from heat; let garlic cool in the oil.
  2. Place pumpkin seeds in a cold, dry skillet. Set heat to medium. Stir seeds until hot and fragrant but not browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Add onion and Serrano pepper. Cool until edges start to brown and some bits begin to char, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in apple juice. Reduce heat to medium and cook until liquid is reduced almost all the way and has a syrup-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Place pumpkin seeds, cilantro leaves, onion mixture, softened garlic and oil, lime juice, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Cover and pulse on and off until mixture becomes a coarse paste, scraping down sides with a spatula a few times, 1 or 2 minutes. If mixture is quite thick, add a few tablespoons of apple juice or water (apple juice will make it sweeter).
  5. Continue to process until mixture is to your desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl. Cover; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Taste, and adjust seasonings and acidity as needed with additional salt and/or apple cider vinegar.

Footnotes

  • Chef's Note:
  • You can also adjust texture and acidity with a splash of apple cider vinegar

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 227 calories; 19.7 g fat; 9.8 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 201 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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