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Pumpkin Bites

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Pumpkin Bites

Pumpkin Bites
Frances Janisch
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total prep 36 calories/serving
Who can resist a tiny edible pumpkin patch? The herbal pesto spread lends richness to the sweet squash, and sprigs of watercress complete the visual effect.


  • 1 pound piece pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 6 thin slices dense German-style rye or pumpernickle bread
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 24 small sprigs watercress


  • Special equipment: a 1-inch melon baller, a 1 1/4-inch round cookie cutter
  • Cut out 24 balls from pumpkin piece or butternut squash (halved) and steam until tender, 8 minutes. Cool.
  • Cut out 6 rounds from each slice of bread and spread each round with 1/2 teaspoon pesto. Top pesto with pumpkin balls. Prick each pumpkin ball once with a toothpick and stick watercress sprig in hole.