Friday, October 23, 2015

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds {Recipe}

Hi again! 

This week, I wanted to share with you this amazing recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. With Halloween right around the corner, chances are, you're carving pumpkins, and you'll be searching for the best recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. Well look no further, because this is it, the tastiest roasted pumpkin seeds you'll ever make. Promise!

I'm not going to lie, these may not be the healthiest pumpkin seeds in the world, but they only come around once a year in our household, so they're a special treat. What's my secret? Butter. And really not that much, but it definitely makes these pumpkin seeds. So if you dare, try out this savory fall treat... you know you want to!

What you'll need:
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp melted butter
fine grain salt

Part 1: Separating the seeds from the pulp
We like to get everyone involved in pumpkin carving around here. And when your 2 and 3 year olds are tasked with seed sorting, they tend to leave a little pulp stuck to the seeds. I guess I can't complain about free labor ;-)  A great way to separate your seeds is to soak them in water. Just soak the seeds in warm water for a few minutes and rinse a couple times. Drain, place onto paper towels, and pat dry. 

Part 2: Seasoning 
Place your pumpkin seeds into a bowl, and for every one cup of seeds, add two tablespoons of melted butter. We had three cups, but I only used four tablespoons and it was enough. I've tried the method where you sautee them in butter, but it really doesn't make a difference and dirties an extra pan. Add fine grain salt, to taste. Personally, I always add a little extra salt because it all isn't going to stick, right? 

Part 3: Roasting
Line a jellyroll pan or baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the seeds into a thin layer. In a 300 degree oven, roast your pumpkin seeds for about 40 minutes, stirring about 2 times. Wait until the edges are turning a nice golden brown. Once they're finished baking, toss them into a bowl lined with paper towels. 

Part 4: Enjoy!
We enjoyed our pumpkin seeds while we watched an outdoor theatre production of The Addam's Family. Needless to say, our seeds were gone by the end of the show! And we've got some pretty fun jack-o-lanterns to show for it too!

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