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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Add Brussels sprouts, figs, and pepitas, and toss to coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Brussels Sprouts with Pepitas and Figs," 27 Nov. 2018 Salt and pepper to taste, and then mix in some toasted and ground pepitas for a delicious pumpkin salsa fresca. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "How 6 Chefs Doctor Up Canned Tomatoes," 14 Mar. 2018 Its honeynut squash soup involves pears, pepitas, and Jonah crab; and the turkey has an intriguing crawfish stuffing. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 Among the starters are a honeynut squash and goat cheese salad with apples and spiced pepitas; and diners can enjoy their turkey either roasted, in a pot pie, or braised with a side of brandied mushroom risotto. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 Add 1 cup toasted pepitas, 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Savory Pumpkin Soup with Spice Shake," 30 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of pepita

1942, in the meaning defined above

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