Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Easy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Every fall our family has a tradition of carving pumpkins and making a snack out of the seeds.  It took me a couple of years and a few episodes of Martha Stewart before I "mastered" the art of toasting pumpkin seeds.  I have washed and soaked seeds, but now I have a super easy method that we think gives the best results.

You can get creative with the salts.  I have used sea salt, table salt, garlic salt, and the occasional Lawry's (meat) seasoning.  The boys want to try a combination of chili powder and garlic salt.  I am a traditionalist and prefer plain salt. 

We will see how many variations I let them concoct this month... 

All you need is:
  • Fresh pumpkin seeds.  You can leave a few of the fibrous strands on them-  they add a bit of pumpkin flavor.  We just plop them directly onto the pan as we carve!
  • Salt
  • Olive oil or canola oil
  • Cookie sheet or oven proof pan

Here is the easiest and best tasting recipe I have found:
  • Take the seeds, no washing needed, and spread them out onto the pan. 
  • Pour about 1 tablespoon of oil onto the seeds and turn them to coat evenly.  You may want to adjust the amount, depending on the amount of seeds you toast. 
  • Sprinkle with salt.
  • In a moderate oven, about 300 degrees, stir the seeds occasionally and roast until you can smell them.  It might take about 30-45 minutes. 
  • Store in an airtight container.  We like to munch on the seeds and use them for crafts.

Do you have a lot of pumpkin seeds leftover?  Here is an easy craft to use those seeds on  Pumpkin Pictures.


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