This supereasy, thick pumpkin seed spread from the Yucatan, called sikil pak, might just be the new guacamole—it seems to be on Mexican menus all over the US. This orange zest-scented version comes from Bandalero in Washington, DC, owned by Top Chef finalist Mike Isabella.
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5 ounces raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds; about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1 large jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lightly packed parsley
1/4 cup lightly packed cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Tortilla chips, for serving
How to Make It
In a large skillet, toast the pumpkin seeds over moderate heat, tossing occasionally, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.
In the skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the shallots, jalapeño, garlic and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the food processor and let cool.
Add the parsley, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, orange zest and 1/4 cup of water to the food processor and puree until nearly smooth. Season with salt. Transfer the sikil pak to a bowl and serve with tortilla chips.
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