Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from the Halloween That Wouldn’t End

November 8, 2011 at 11:38 am 1 comment

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It’s Food Tuesday at MommaJam.  If you’re from the Northeast, all the snow from last week’s wacky weather has melted, and you’re ready to ditch every pumpkin into the compost pile and every piece of candy from the umpteen trick-or-treats your kids have been on after the original holiday was cancelled into the trash.

But wait!  If you have any whole, un-carved-for-Halloween pumpkins sitting on your stoop, cut the top off a few and dig out all of the seeds inside before dumping these orange reminders of the “Halloween That Wouldn’t End.”

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber and taste delicious as a snack, sprinkled on yogurt, mixed into trail mix, added to hearty split pea or lentil soups, and more.

The recipe is simple:  Dig out the seeds (great fun for kids because the insides are stringy and gooey) and separate them from the pumpkin pieces.  Rinse the seeds and pat dry.  Line a roasting or baking pan with tin foil and spread the seeds evenly over the pan.  Sprinkle with Kosher salt.  Put in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Toss the seeds, so the flip side dries out and bake for another 10 minutes or until the seeds are crunchy and yummy.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Add cumin, corriander or chile pepper, solo or mixed together, depending on your taste preferences.  The pumpkin seeds last several months in your pantry.  Enjoy!

If your pumpkins are starting to rot on the outside, it’s best to toss them in the trash or compost pile, allowing you to focus on the next holiday, Thanksgiving.  Gobble, gobble!

If you have smaller, “sugar” pumpkins, try using the insides to make a pumpkin pie.  After you’ve scooped out the seeds, wash and cut up the remaining pumpkin like you would a squash.  Boil the pumpkins and cut off the skin to save/freeze the insides for pie filling.

It’s not too early to start menu planning for Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner, and fresh pumpkin pie is a tasty treat.

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