Butternut Squash, Pepitas & Kale Tacos

    Butternut Squash, Pepitas & Kale Tacos
    Copyright © 2014 by Alex Farnum

    Swap out your typical taco recipe for this hearty vegetarian taco option. Butternut squash, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), onion and chile powder combine to perfection for an easy Taco Tuesday or weekend family meal. 

    * Recipe reprinted with permission from Tacolicious, by Sara Deseran and Joe Hargrave, copyright © 2014, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

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    For the Cashew Crema:
    2/3
    cup
    raw cashews
    1
    teaspoon
    cumin seeds
    6
    tablespoons
    freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 limes)
    1/4
    cup
    water
    2
    teaspoons
    kosher salt
    For the Pumpkin Seeds:
    2
    teaspoons
    vegetable oil
    1/3
    cup
    raw hulled pumpkin seeds
    1/4
    teaspoon
    cayenne pepper
    1/4
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
    For the Filling:
    2
    tablespoons
    vegetable oil
    3/4
    cup
    finely chopped yellow onion
    1
    clove
    garlic, minced
    3
    cups
    ½-inch-diced butternut squash
    1
    teaspoon
    chile powder
    2
    teaspoons
    kosher salt
    4
    cups
    finely chopped kale
    *
    Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving
    *
    Chopped white onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and salsa of choice, for serving
    Directions
    Step 1
    To make crema, immerse raw cashews in room-temperature water and soak at least 1 hour. Drain and reserve.
    Step 2
    Toast cumin in small, dry, heavy skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Transfer to spice grinder, let cool, and grind finely. In blender, combine cashews, cumin, lime juice, water, and salt. Start blender on lowest speed and gradually increase to highest speed. Blend at least 1 minute, until a creamy consistency. Pour into serving bowl and set aside.
    Step 3
    To make pumpkin seeds, heat oil in heavy skillet over medium heat.
    Step 4
    When oil is hot, add pumpkin seeds and sauté approximately 2 minutes, taking care that they do not burn. The seeds will begin to puff up and pop. Once they appear toasted, immediately pour them into bowl. Toss with cayenne and salt and set aside.
    Step 5
    To make filling, heat oil in large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Add squash and sauté 6 to 7 minutes, until squash begins to soften. Season with chile powder and salt.
    Step 6
    Add kale and cook, stirring, about 1 minute, until it begins to wilt. Remove from heat, taste, and adjust seasoning with salt if needed.
    Step 7
    Serve with tortillas, crema, pumpkin seeds, onion, cilantro, and salsa. To assemble each taco, invite guests to spoon about ½ cup of warm filling into a tortilla and top with crema and pumpkin seeds. If guests prefer more toppings, they can finish with onion, cilantro, and salsa.

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