Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It’s The Great Pumpkin Seed Spread, Charlie Brown

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” was definitely my favorite animated holiday special, and I suspect that goes for most people my age. I found the Christmas special a little heavy, and was bothered by the menu in the Thanksgiving episode, but the Halloween offering struck all the right notes.

Back then, I probably wouldn’t have had much interest in this pumpkin seed spread, since I needed to save room for all those miniature Mr. Goodbars, but now, I can’t think of anything I’d rather eat. This straddles the fence between sweet and savory, and would be very easy to adapt to your tastes.

I need to credit Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, from a restaurant here in San Francisco called Duna. They do a similar, albeit more savory version, which inspired this spread. If you don’t like the term “spread,” you could call it a pumpkin seed hummus, or pumpkin seed butter, but no matter what you call it, I hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for about 3 cups of Pumpkin Seed Spread:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 peeled garlic cloves, quartered
2 cups green pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted in dry pan
1/2 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons diced green Serrano or jalapeño chilies
3/4 cup apple juice, to reduce with onions and peppers
juice from 2 limes
1 cup freshly picked cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
additional 1/2 cup apple juice or water, if you want less sweetness to adjust texture
- you can also adjust texture and acidity with a splash of apple cider vinegar


Bryan Spencer said...

Hi chef John. I wanted to make a request and wasn't sure where else to do it. I think you should do a grape pie video because you're probably one of the only youtubers who actually knows what it is, being from Upstate NY. Also, you are amazing.

arwiv said...

1 Rudolph
2 A Charlie Brown Christmas

"Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is certainly top 10 holiday favorite, but I dont know exactly where in the top 10.

Scott Do said...

Hi Chef John. I love this recipe but were you in a hurry? There was a typo in the ingredients: 1/2 vegetable oil (?) Was it "1/2 cup?"
By the way, the link in your YouTube video description does not go to this specific recipe. Was that intentional?

Balambér said...

Hi Chef John!
It looks promising although I don't really like the taste of cilantro. What whould you use instead of cilantro, if you had to pick something else?
Greetings from Hungary!

Foomf said...

What's the unit of measure for the oil? You say 1/2 but seem to have left out whether it's cups, pounds, liters, jars, etc.

Shinnam said...

Yumm.. I will have to try it, but hubby has an allegy to apples. What do you suggest as a substitute?