Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Why bother toasting pumpkin seeds when you can buy them pretoasted? Because they'll have an irresistibly nutty flavor that the store-bought version never does.
Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Pepita Brittle
This light, silky panna cotta tastes a lot like hot cocoa in custard form. The brittle is easy to make; heat sugar and water on the stove, swirl in butter and spiced pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), then let cool.
Fall Harvest Salad
This salad epitomizes fall flavors, with its chunks of butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pecans and greens. The easiest way to peel the butternut squash is with a sturdy U-peeler (named for its wide, U-shaped handle), which is available at most supermarkets.
Fingerling Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Romesco
Tim Love cooks these potatoes on a cast-iron griddle (also called a plancha), set right on a hot grill. His version of Spain's garlicky romesco sauce calls for pumpkin seeds instead of the usual almonds.
Cranberry, Clementine and Pumpkin Seed Conserve
Cranberries only need to be cooked for a few minutes before they burst and form a sauce. This dish is then topped with crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds.
Goat Cheese-Edamame Dip with Spiced Pepitas
Canned chipotles in adobo sauce, sold at Latin markets and many supermarkets, give this clever, creamy dip an enticing heat and smokiness. The spiced pepitas (roasted and salted pumpkin seeds) scattered over the dip are addictive and great as a snack on their own.
Pumpkin Seed Bread Salad
The bread salad can be prepared through Step 2 early in the day and stored at room temperature, making it an ideal dish for holiday dinners.
Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Energy Bars
These honey-flavored cereal bars with puffed rice and toasted oats, from Real Snacks by Lara Ferroni, make a great substitute for store-bought energy bars. They can be made with almost any mix of nuts and dried fruit.
Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds
"I'm more addicted to chocolate than I am to sugar," says chocolatier Jacques Torres. A small piece of this super-chunky dark-chocolate bark staves off his intense cravings.
Warm Apple Cider Cake with Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Wine Pairing Suggestion: A late-harvest Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France will highlight the tart cider.