Salty Spicy Sweet Pepitas

February 12, 2010
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  • Serves about 2 cups
Author Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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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7 Reviews

Denise May 6, 2010
Smoky, spicy, salty, sweet--these look great! Thanks.
mrslarkin May 23, 2010
You're welcome, chez danisse!
TheWimpyVegetarian February 14, 2010
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!
mrslarkin February 14, 2010
Thanks ChezSuzanne!
mrslarkin February 12, 2010
Thanks arielleclementine! It's a party in your mouth!
arielleclementine February 12, 2010
this sounds wonderful! love the sound of the interplay of lime/salt/cranberries/pimenton!
mrslarkin February 12, 2010
I'll figure this comment system out sooner or later! See above for what I said!