Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Every October, my neighborhood gathers for a grand pumpkin carving competition. It’s an age-old tradition where families and friends display their artistic prowess on these orange canvases. Last year, during one such event, my dear friend Emily shared a fond childhood memory. Her family didn’t just carve pumpkins; they celebrated the entire pumpkin. And that meant, the seeds never went to waste.

Emily’s mother had a special recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, which had been handed down from her grandmother. It was more than just a recipe; it was an autumn ritual, a taste that signified the beginning of cozy sweater weather and warm evenings by the fireplace. Inspired by her story, I embarked on a journey to perfect the art of roasting pumpkin seeds. And today, I’m delighted to share this treasure with all of you.

How to Prepare Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of melted butter
  • A pinch of salt

Directions for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Preheat your oven to a cozy 300°F (150°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, gently toss the pumpkin seeds with melted butter and a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Lay them out evenly on a baking tray. For ease, consider lining the tray with parchment paper.
  4. Bake these seeds, stirring occasionally, until they adopt a beautiful golden hue. This should take about 45 minutes.
  5. Let them cool and serve as a delightful snack.

Why consider boiling pumpkin seeds before roasting?

Boiling the seeds in salted water is not just an old wives’ tale. It’s a secret ingredient to perfection! This technique ensures the salt infuses deep into the seeds and promises an even roast. While it’s optional, I always take this extra step for that flavor-packed crunch.

Can I roast seeds from other winter squashes?

Absolutely! Whether it’s butternut, acorn, or spaghetti squash, their seeds carry a unique flavor that’s equally delightful when roasted. Experiment and find your favorite!

How should I store my roasted pumpkin seeds?

Once cooled, transfer your seeds to an airtight container. They’ll happily sit at room temperature for up to two weeks. If refrigerated, they’ll remain fresh for up to two months.

What variations can I try with this recipe?

The beauty of roasted pumpkin seeds is their adaptability. For those with a savory palette, chili powder, garlic salt, or cumin might be appealing. If you lean towards sweet, consider drizzling honey or sprinkling a bit of cinnamon before roasting.

How can I use roasted pumpkin seeds apart from snacking?

These golden nuggets are versatile. Stir them into your morning granola, garnish a creamy squash soup, add them to trail mixes, or sprinkle atop freshly baked bread. They also make a crunchy addition to salads!

Are there any tips for ensuring the best roast?

The key is to ensure your seeds are dry before roasting. After cleaning, pat them dry using a towel. This ensures a crisp result. Also, remember to stir occasionally while baking to achieve an even golden-brown finish.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 43 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons butter melted
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and gather ingredients.
  • Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.
  • Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • stir occasionally.
  • Bonne appetit
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