Pumpkin Seeds Two Ways

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Happy Halloween!! Roasted pumpkin seeds are a nutritious and delicious treat that can provide a much needed respite from the onslaught of sweets that we get on Halloween.  In a search to find the best method for achieving that crispy exterior that makes a good roasted pumpkin seed, I did a little research.

Pumpkin Seeds 2 Ways

Some sources recommended boiling the seeds. I tried this and did not find the result to be as good as when they were just roasted straight out of the pumpkin. I also found that the temperature needed to be turned up for a few minutes at the end of roasting to get that crispy texture that you really want.

Savory Pumpkin Seeds

What You’ll Need:

1 cup of pumpkin seeds, dried with paper towels
olive oil
salt
pepper
paprika

What You’ll Do:
Separate the orange gunk from the pumpkin seeds and dry off seeds well. This article recommends squeezing the seeds with paper towels, which seems to work well. Toss the seeds with a few splashes of olive oil, a few pinches of salt, pepper and paprika. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn oven up to 375 degrees and bake for 5 more minutes. Finally, turn oven up to 400 degrees and bake for 2 minutes. I know this sounds funny, but this is what worked best for me to get a toasty seed! Toss with a little bit of kosher salt to finish.

Sweet Pumpkin Seeds
*recipe from Serious Eats, with a few suggested changes

What you’ll need:
1 cup of pumpkin seeds, dried with paper towels
1.5 tbsps of butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (or use your judgment here, should be lightly coated)
1.5 tbsps of granulated sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg

What you’ll do:
Repeat instructions above with prepping seeds. Toss seeds in melted butter and the remaining ingredients. Cover a baking sheet in aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. This is important ~ the recipe calls for baking in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I found this to be too long (ehem, had an experience with some burnt seeds). I would recommend roasting for 5 minutes at a time and taking the seeds out to stir to keep them from sticking. It only took my seeds 15 minutes to roast up.

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Roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect way to get some use out of your leftover Halloween pumpkins! I personally think that they are better as a salty treat and like the salty recipe better, but you might enjoy the sweet recipe as well. Have a great Halloween!

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