These days, roasted pumpkins seeds are all the rage. Tasty, full of
anti-oxidants, high in fiber and protein, gourmet shops and health food stores
stock them. Here's an EASY recipe to make them yourself!
Directions for Making Roasted
Ingredients and Equipment
pumpkin (see step 1)
a sharp, serrated large knife
vegetable oil (any neutral oil, like as canola, grapeseed, or coconut)
salt pepper, general herbs (see step 2)
Recipe and Directions
Step 1 - Clean the seeds
When you are carving your pumpkin, separate the seeds from the
pumpkin flesh and strings (which kids usually call
"pumpkin brains" or "pumpkin
guts"; see this page for that!. Wash them well (usually putting then in a big bowl of
water and rubbing them between your hands is a fast way to clean them) and let
them drain in a strainer for about 30 minutes, then spread them out on a
baking pan. Now just
use a hair dryer to dry them quickly! Or place them in a warm
oven, say 120F - 150F to dry them. I stir them every 10 minutes to
speed the drying.
Next, start preheating the oven.
Turn it on and set it to 275 F (135 C, for those in Europe)
Step 2 - Spread the seeds on a cookie sheet
and season them
Spread the seeds evenly over a cookie sheet
and lightly baste the seeds with melted butter, margarine, or vegetable
oil. There are many variations. Here are the most popular, in
order or popularity:
Savory: 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
Spicy: 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper,
1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Natural: 1 teaspoon sea salt or other salt, 4 tablespoons melted
Step 3 - Roast the seeds
Heat them in a 275-degree oven for 10 to 20
minutes until golden brown. DO KEEP AN EYE ON THEM, checking every few
minutes and stir about every 5 minutes. Some ovens run hot and it can be as
little as 10 minutes or as long as 30 minutes to roast them. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot or cold.
For milder flavor, simmer the cleaned seeds for about an hour
in salted water and fry in deep oil. Or mix a tablespoon of oil or margarine to
each cup of nuts and roast them at 250 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes until they're
golden. Sprinkle them with salt.
Tips and Suggestions from Visitors
A visitor writes on October 28, 2010: "A really great way to make "Halloweeny"
pumpkin seeds is to boil the seeds in apple cider for 10 minutes before baking.
Spread about a teaspoon of oil on a baking sheet and spread seeds. Sprinkle with
a little salt and sugar (I like to use brown sugar) and some spices (I like
cinnamon and cloves). The sugar and cider will caramelize and the seeds are
delicious! Be sure to watch closely because they will stick and burn a little
more easily than usual. "
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