Don’t throw out those pumpkinseeds. When you gut your pumpkin this year, roast the seeds instead. Read on to find an easy to make recipe that will perk up your Halloween experience. Roasted pumpkinseeds are not only tasty, but they are also nutritious.
Pumpkinseeds are rich in vitamins B and E and they supply fiber. The seeds make a great snack for in front of the television, for when traveling, or for when outdoors watching sports games or hiking. And one great thing about roasted pumpkinseeds, kids love them.
Now to get to the seeds from a pumpkin, you need to gut the pumpkin – which you have already done if you have created a jack-o-lantern. To contain some of the mess while gutting the pumpkin, put the seeds into a colander as you pull them out of the pumpkin’s cavity. That way, it will be very easy to take them to the sink and rinse them well.
Another suggestion to help contain the mess is to use newspaper under the pumpkin. It keeps counters and tables free from orange stains, and when you are done with gutting and carving, it takes little effort to gather up the newspaper mess and toss it in the garbage or compost bin.
Basic Roasted Pumpkinseed Recipe
To make roasted pumpkinseeds you first need to preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Then clean off as much pulp from your seeds as you can, but don’t worry if you can’t get it all. It does add flavor. You just don’t want any chunks left on the seeds.
To be sure the seeds are free from pulp and to help add saltiness within the seeds, drop seeds into boiling salt water for a half-minute or so. Drain them on paper towels until thoroughly dry.
Now you are ready to toss the pumpkinseeds in a bowl. You probably have about a cup and a half of seeds. Now drizzle 2 teaspoons of melted butter and one teaspoon of olive oil over the seeds. Toss to mix.
It’s now time for the seasonings. At the least, you will need a half-teaspoon salt to taste, but that salt can come in a variety of ways. Some folks use sea salt, while others use celery or garlic salt. Special salt seasoning blends on the market also make a great salty seasoning. Sprinkle on the salt and toss once more.
For more flavor variety you can add at least half a teaspoon of any of these additional spices: sugar and cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, garlic powder, Worcestershire, cayenne, Cajun seasonings, or black pepper. Experiment with different seasonings and find a taste combination you like.
You are just about done with the preparation. Now spread the pumpkinseeds on a shallow baking sheet in a single layer. It’s important that the each see is individually exposed to the heat of your oven.
Now bake the seeds for a minimum of 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the seeds are a golden brown, you can remove the seeds from the oven, cool slightly, and enjoy.