pe·​pi·​ta | \pe-ˈpē-tä \

Definition of pepita 

: the edible seed of a pumpkin or squash often dried or toasted

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Slice veal into three segments and arrange them on the plate. Drain the gnudi and arrange three per plate. Garnish with the red wine reduction and pepita aioli. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Jack Fry's chef talks success in the spotlight, menu flops and his love for refried beans," 23 Jan. 2018 Drizzle the dressing, then scatter the pepitas on top for a little added crunch. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe Is Everything We Crave in a Weeknight Dinner," 16 Mar. 2018 All entrees are served with a bread basket and an unusually creative dinner salad of seven greens with pickled ginger, sliced jicama and toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018 Sprinkle grilled romaine with marinated red onions, pepitas, cilantro and feta. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018 This one features a bright citrus marinade and a vibrant Mexican-style pepita pesto. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Taco at Trejo’s Tacos, Ranked," 4 May 2018 While those pepitas toast and the salmon cooks, use the time to make a really bright, punchy miso mojo. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe Is Everything We Crave in a Weeknight Dinner," 16 Mar. 2018 This mango toast with hazelnut-pepita butter requires a variety of accoutrement ideal for such a thing. Zoë Sessums, Bon Appetit, "4 Ceramic Dishes We're Putting Everything in Right Now," 8 Feb. 2018 Add wild rice to white rice along with carrot and pepitas; fold until well combined. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Wild Rice with Pepitas," 2 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of pepita

1942, in the meaning defined above

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