cranberry pumpkin seed crisps w/ roasted butternut squash & spicy pumpkin seeds

the holidays are officially upon us, and so to is holiday entertaining.

luckily with kii naturals artisanal crisps as a pantry staple you now have an easy, go-to, crowd pleasing crisp that is extremely versatile.  alone or dressed up, these crisps are party perfect, which means party hopping can officially start and should.

cranberry pumpkin seed crisps w/ roasted butternut squash & spicy pumpkin seeds

1 box (5.3oz/150g) kiwi naturals cranberry pumpkin seed crisps
4 cups (1 1/4lb) cubed butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled

spiced pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
pinch of each:
salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, cayenne

preheat oven to 400F.  line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.  toss butternut squash with olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, chili powder, and pepper.  roast for 40-45 minutes on baking sheet until tender.
add squash to food processor with yogurt and pulse until smooth.

spiced pumpkin seeds:  meanwhile, preheat oven to 300F.  toss pumpkin seeds with oil, sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and cayenne.  spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until dry and toasted.  cool completely.

top each crisp with a dollop of butternut squash, crumbled toast cheese and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin seeds.

yields: 30 recipe & image courtesy kii naturals

kii naturals crisps are available across canada at most walmart, obeys, safeway, co-op stores.


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