Friday, October 31, 2008

Spicy Pepitas

Happy Halloween!! I was hoping to bring you a lovely pumpkin seed brittle, but after two failed attempts I came to a conclusion...I suck at brittle making. Halloween is one of my most favorite days of the year. Mostly because I love going down to West Hollywood and seeing the crazy costumes that people come up with. I am never that creative and usually don't think about what I am going to wear until the day of the event so I love seeing how much effort people put in to their outfits. I am having a little gathering of people at my house tonight (don't call it a party) to have some cocktails and nibbles before we head up to the WeHo Carnivale. It should be a blast and I am sure I will have more to tell you (and hopefully pictures to share). Over the next few days I will be featuring recipes that I made for my gathering (I told you not to call it a party!), and this is the first. As I mentioned, I failed miserably at making brittle. The first time I think my problem was not cooking the mixture long enough in the second part of the procedure. The second time, my mistake was letting the mixture get too dry. I didn't want to try it again (mostly because I was running out of sugar by this point) so I found this spicy pepitas recipe to use instead. Mine took a little longer than the suggested 5 minutes (more like 10), but they were really simple and tasty. Hope you all have a fabulous day and evening and enjoy your tricks...and treats!

Spicy Pepitas
(From Food Network)

2 cups Pepitas (raw hulled green pumpkin seeds)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground Ancho chiles or chili powder
2 teaspoons lime juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread on a baking sheet and bake 5-10 minutes, or until puffed and golden, shaking the pan once or twice. Serve

Proof that I suck at candy making:

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Kelly said...

Awww...I wish I could be there for nibbles at your house and then go down to WeHo. What did you decide to be??

Esi said...

Aw, Kel! Miss you!!!

Michelle Obama ;)

Diana said...

Happy Halloween Esi! I hope your "gathering" and WeHo costume-gawking goes spooktacularly well! :)

vanillasugarblog said...

Don't feel bad. I had 4 attempts at my fudge. Finally 5 was the magic number.
Happy Halloween...I'm eating way too much candy while giving it out.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

The pepitas look good, so I'm not complaining. ;)

Alicia Foodycat said...

Did you maybe stir the candy at the wrong point - it looks like it grained. Which is a point I know ALL ABOUT because I never get toffee to work!

The spicy ones sound delicious though.

Esi said...

Foodycat, I'm not sure what went wrong with the candy. I added the pepitas when they sugar mixture got to the temperature it was supposed to be at, but it was hard to tell what color the mixture was at after the seeds were added.

Unknown said...

ooh, nice change-up from nuts!!

Aimster said...

Great recipe, thanks I made as posted and then added a sprinkling of lime juice when they came out of the oven. Yummmm