Perfect for holiday entertaining, this pumpkin seed recipe for a savory pate is festive, easy to make and…..(shhhh) surprisingly healthy too!
Our savory pate might be missing the chicken liver, but it isn’t lacking a thing when it comes to flavor. And every bite offers the rich and luxurious “mouth feel” you’d expect from a traditional pate recipe. Combined with aromatic and woody sage, this is one pumpkin seed recipe nobody will forget. Yes, it is definitely a little outside of the box, but that’s what makes it memorable.
And truly, if you are looking to “clean up” your holiday menu this season, experimenting with your appetizer recipes is definitely your safest bet. As long as you pair your starters with a fabulous cocktail or something bubbly and festive, your guests are sure to have more adventurous palates. (Note: one of my favorite signature party drinks is simply sparkling wine with the addition of homemade fresh herb and fruit ice cubes—a combination that always yields just the right combination of savory-sweet, sans the sugary syrup.)
Spread It On Suzie’s Thin Cakes
Made with only two all-natural ingredients, whole grain brown rice and sea salt, Suzie’s Thin Cakes are the ideal crunchy, gluten-free and Non-GMO cracker alternative for your holiday parties. Square shaped and much thinner than traditional round puffed cakes, Suzie’s Thin Cakes have a very mild flavor, thus allowing your savory pate pumpkin seed recipe to be the focus.
Where can you purchase Suzie’s Thin Cakes? Most natural foods stores or places like Whole Foods Market carry them, but you can also buy them online at Vitacost.com , my favorite online discount grocery shopping destination for health foods (Vitacost offers discounts of up to 50% off retail plus free shipping on orders over $25).
A Few Creative Ways to Enjoy Your Pumpkin Seed Recipe
This savory pate is a delicious alternative to mayo on sandwiches or even in deviled eggs. I also love to use it as a replacement for peanut butter on celery sticks. And it makes the perfect stand-in for sour cream when slathered a baked potato (or baked sweet potato).
Pumpkin Seed Perks
Even if you are not going to make our pumpkin seed recipe, it’s a good idea to keep these “anti-stress seeds” in your pantry, especially during the holiday season! That’s because pumpkin seeds pack a mighty magnesium punch; one measly ounce delivers 151 mg of magnesium, more than 1/3 of your recommended daily intake. Stress can be a cause of magnesium deficiency, and a lack of magnesium tends to magnify the stress reaction, worsening the problem. Since less than 30% of U.S. adults consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium, it’s a good idea to seek out magnesium-rich foods…especially if you know you are going to be going through a stressful holiday season.
Luckily, the savory pate only takes about 15 minutes of prep work, so that should already put your mind at ease—even before the magnesium kicks in (wink). Ok, here we go with the recipe…Print
- 1 tablespoon unrefined macadamia nut oil or organic extra virgin coconut oil (such as Barlean’s) *coconut oil if nut free
- 2/3 cup finely chopped shallots
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- ¼ cup chopped fresh sage
- Unrefined sea salt (to taste)
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves chopped garlic
- Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat; add the shallots, carrots and sage and sauté until vegetables are very soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
- Transfer shallot and carrot mixture to a Vitamix. Add hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, lemon juice and garlic. Process until well blended but still somewhat textured. Find something to spread it on and enjoy!
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Our pumpkin seed recipe for savory pate was from our Clean Cuisine cookbook, available on Amazon’s Kindle for just $2.99. Click HERE to learn more.