Monday, October 27, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

You would think that it's not hard to roast pumpkin seeds.  But it is.  Sometimes they get burned, or there's too much oil, or the seasoning is off.  So here's a recipe for you (via simplyrecipes), one of many that are out there on the big old world wide web.  Not that I'll follow it - I'll keep winging it.  I do like a little Old Bay on my seeds and of course, just straight up salted.

Enjoy those seeds on Friday while you are handing out that candy to all those ghosts and goblins.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
  • One medium sized pumpkin
  • Salt 
  • Olive oil
  1. Cut open the pumpkin by cutting a circle around the stem end with a sharp knife (knife blade angled in), and pulling off the top. Use a strong metal spoon to scrape the insides of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds and strings. Place the mass of pumpkin seeds in a colander and run under water to rinse and separate the seeds from everything else. (don't bother with those tools that appear this time of year, if your pumpkin has any substance - they wont work)
  2. Place the seeds in a medium saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to the pan for every half cup of pumpkin seeds. Add more salt if you would like your seeds to be saltier. Bring the salted water and pumpkin seeds to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat the bottom of a roasting pan or thick baking sheet with olive oil, about a teaspoon or so. Spread the seeds out over the roasting pan in a single layer, and toss them a bit to coat them with the oil on the pan. Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown, 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds. Small pumpkin seeds may toast in around 5 minutes or so, large pumpkin seeds may take up to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the pumpkin seeds so they don't get over toasted. When lightly browned, remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a rack. Let the pumpkin seeds cool all the way down before eating.

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