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August 20, 2008
Some Friend You Are:
Chop and Serve Pepita
Let us start with an introduction. Meet our friend the
pumpkin seed. You have maybe met this character once or twice before,
and probably it was during the manufacture of a Jack-o-Lantern. He has a
brother, you know, a much plainer fellow. His name is pepita. In fact,
you may even say that pepita is an unshelled pumpkin seed.
The two of you are now fast friends, Im sure.
Now, dump your newfound friend into a food processor and
chop him to bits. This is how you should treat all new friends.
While you are chopping him, throw in a clove or two of
garlic, some red pepper flakes, lemon juice, a bit of cilantro, some
ground cumin and just enough olive oil so that it all oozes in a
Youve now made a sauce of your friend. The dilemma that
will now pose itself is this: A sauce is just no good to anyone unless
it is on top of something. This is the way of the sauce.
Here is your answer, and it starts with you preheating the
oven to 450 degrees.
In a thick, iron skillet, brown some sausage, chopped red
onion and thinly sliced red onion on relatively high heat. When things
are well progressed, throw in some sliced zucchini and cover the
skillet. The idea is to heat the zucchini until it is still somewhat
You could now lay the sauce over this, but would be
downright lazy. You would do a disservice to your friend who you chopped
up so soon after meeting. Is that how to treat someone?
Remove from the skillet the browned sausage and related
fixins. Turn down the heat under the skillet and add more olive oil.
Meanwhile, crack half a dozen eggs into a large bowl and beat until of
even appearance and consistency. You may have to beat them and beat them
and beat them, but do not stop beating them until the work is done.
Once the oil is hot, pour the eggs into the bottom of the
pan. Let it sit until the eggs are set. Resist the temptation to stir
the eggs. You are not after some scrambled egg recipe here, but will
require the eggs to function as a kind of pie crust of sorts.
The eggs will be done when they are just firm enough that
they no longer ooze.
Pour the browned sausage and assorted fixins into the pan.
Now, we return to your friend. If you are feeling regret
for having so shabbily treated a new acquaintance, you can make amends
by now spreading the sauce over the top of the sausage and fixins and
egg foundation. It must be noted that this is an entirely feel-good
thing. The pepitas are probably not over the insult at having been
Cook in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove from the
oven, cut into wedges and top with crumbled goat cheese.
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