Pepitas: Pumpkin Seeds Shed Their Shells

Fall,Halloween,In Season,Recipes
October 1, 2013

Pepitas add crunch and interest to four stellar recipes.

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Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
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For ages, pepitas have played a prominent role in Mexican cooking, finding their way into their rich moles and sauces. We find them to be perfect in everything from salads to brittle. Pepitas are the rich inner kernel that lies within the crunchy outer coating of the whole pumpkin seed. These small greenish seeds are velvety and rich and softer than other nuts. Look for them in packages next to the nuts in the supermarket or in a Mexican market.

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Pumpkin Seed Gremolata

A bright and crunchy pumpkin seed topping for steak or chicken.

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Warm Pumpkin Salad with Bacon and Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh pumpkin shows off its savory side in this warm, main-dish salad.

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Pumpkin Seed Brittle

A super simple sweet brittle speckled with crunchy pepitas that's perfect for the fall season.

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Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins

From salty to savory to sweet to crunchy, this muffin has it all.

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