22 ways to use pumpkin seeds
1. USE AS A CRUST FOR MEAT OR FISH
Crushed pumpkin seeds make a crunchy, flavorful coating for anything from flaky white fish to a hearty rack of lamb.
2. GARNISH SOUP
Toast a handful to sprinkle over your favorite soup before serving.
3. MAKE BRITTLE
It makes a great gift, but we won't judge you if you just make a big batch for yourself.
4. ADD TO COOKIES
Mix them into your favorite cookie batter, be it chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin.
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5. MAKE PUMPKIN SEED BUTTER
Get out of your peanut butter rut and try pumpkin seed butter. Just swap them in for nuts in this recipe.
6. BLEND INTO MOLE SAUCE
Puréeing the seeds with herbs, jalapeños, tomatillos, and chicken broth makes for one awesome green mole sauce for meat or enchiladas.
7. ADD TO GRANOLA
Add a few big handfuls to your dry ingredients the next time you make a big batch of granola.
8. MAKE PESTO
Throw them in a food processor with fresh herbs and garlic and you've got pesto.
9. MIX INTO GUACAMOLE
Stir some toasted seeds into your favorite guacamole recipe for texture and crunch.
10. ADD TO BREAD DOUGH
Knead them into flatbread or focaccia dough before baking.
11. ROAST THEM
Toss them with a mix of olive oil and savory spices from curry power to cayenne pepper and roast them to create the ultimate bar snack.
12. TOP SALADS
Toasted, they're the perfect crunchy garnish for both vegetable and grain salads.
13. ADD CRUNCH TO TACOS
Sprinkle some toasted seeds on your tacos and suddenly they're just a little bit fancy.
14. BAKE A CAKE
Grind the seeds in a food processor and use them in place of almonds in this gluten-free cake.
15. GARNISH PASTA OR RISOTTO
Just like toasted breadcrumbs, toasted pumpkin seeds add crunch to pasta and risotto and are a nice change from the usual grated Parmesan cheese.
16. MAKE SALSA
Finely chopped pumpkin seeds add body to an otherwise thin salsa.
17. SPRINKLE ON OATMEAL
It's simple, but it's great—just be sure to toast the seeds first.
18. TOP BAKED GOODS
Sprinkle some on scones, muffins, quick bread, or pumpkin pie before baking.
19. MAKE GRANOLA BARS
Once you make your own, you'll never buy the store-bought kind again.
20. ADD TO HUMMUS
Throw a handful of toasted seeds into the food processor while you're blending hummus to add nutty richness.
21. MAKE DRESSING
Blend with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs to create an extra creamy dressing.
22. ADD TO CRUMBLE TOPPING
Add a little extra crunch to crumble topping for pies and fruit crisps.
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