Salty Spicy Sweet Pepitas

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Author Notes: I love these puffy little snacks. The smoky pimenton plays nicely with the salty, spicy, sweet flavors here. mrslarkin

Serves about 2 cups

  • 2 cups raw pepitas
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce (the one with the rooster)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pimenton ahumado
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberies, optional
  • additional salt for sprinkling
  • lime wedges
  1. In a small bowl, mix the salt, sugar, sriracha, and pimenton ahumado.
  2. Heat a heavy frying pan to medium, add the pepitas and dry-fry for a few minutes, stirring constantly as they puff up. You’ll hear some popping sounds.
  3. When all the seeds are puffy, add the garlic and stir for a few more minutes. Add the sauce mixture to the pan and stir to mix. Turn heat to low, and keep stirring for a few more minutes, until all seeds are coated well.
  4. At this point, seeds can be turned out onto a sheet pan, cooled and stored for later use. Or continue with next step if serving immediately.
  5. Pour pepitas into a bowl. Mix in ½ cup dried cranberries, if desired. Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired. Serve with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the seeds.
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over 4 years ago chez danisse

Smoky, spicy, salty, sweet--these look great! Thanks.

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

You're welcome, chez danisse!

Me

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I'm saving this one to my recipes!! I'm totally on the hunt for healthy snacks. And I love little pepitas too and the combination of flavors you have here looks fabulous. Perfect way to put it too: a party in your mouth. I love that!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks ChezSuzanne!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks arielleclementine! It's a party in your mouth!

Henrykiss

over 4 years ago arielleclementine

this sounds wonderful! love the sound of the interplay of lime/salt/cranberries/pimenton!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I'll figure this comment system out sooner or later! See above for what I said!