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Five Ways to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

October 27, 2014

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds with Fall Flavor

The Best Part of Pumpkin Carving?  Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!This is pumpkin season, which means carving up Jack-o’-lanterns with the kids and roasting those delicious seeds. They are packed with protein and make great snacks, both sweet and savory.

A call out to friends about their favorite recipes for pumpkin seed brought out a unique mix of ideas. Like cookies, everyone has a family favorite.

Here is a quick list of the top five ways to roast pumpkin seeds from Minnesota friends and family, all starting with our basic pumpkin seed roasting recipe.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

This can be fun for the kids, so after you carve off the top of the pumpkin, let the kids scoop out the seeds and place them directly in a strainer or colander in the sink. You’ll need to rinse well to separate the seeds from the stringy pulp.

In a mixing bowl, add 2 cups rinsed seeds, 2 teaspoons cooking oil (enough to coat the seeds or use melted butter for a richer taste), a pinch of salt.

Place seeds on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Foil will work as well. Spread them out so they are not clumped together.

Roast seeds at 300 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes until golden brown. Approx. 30 minutes.

1. Roasted Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds

Take the basic pumpkin seeds, place in mixing bowl and add a teaspoon of sea salt. These crunchy, salty seeds are packed with crunch and are ready to be eaten as is or as compliment to soup and salads.

2. Roasted Pumpkin Pie-Flavored Seeds

Here is a recipe that everyone will love, straight from the bowl. You can use as a topping for a pie or even ice cream.

After you have roasted the pumpkin seeds, place in a bowl and add the following: 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and a pinch of ground allspice and mix well.

3. Roasted Barbecue Flavored Pumpkin Seeds

During the basic pumpkin seed roasting recipe, add your favorite dry barbecue seasoning to the mix. Ideas include your steak or rib rub. Roast for 30 minutes. These are a wonderful snack right from the bowl.

4. Sweet Treat Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roast the seeds using the basic recipe. Mix the following together: warm roasted seeds, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.

5. Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In a mixing bowl, add your rinsed pumpkin seeds, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of Sriracha sauce and 1 tablespoon of honey. You can also use chili pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce. Roast at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until brown. Stir occasionally.

Tips:

If you have time, soak the seeds overnight in salted water. They will plump up and make for an even better roasted pumpkin seed.

Any squash seeds will work. Butternut and acorn seeds are delicious roasted.

Use the roasted seeds as toppings to desserts, soups and salads.

Enjoy knowing these treats are both delicious and healthy. Pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, magnesium, copper and zinc.

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