One of our favorite parts of carving pumpkins are all the seeds that come out of them. We love to cook them and snack on them for the next few days. My oldest son William has always loved them, so when Max was 3 1/2 years old we were telling him how delicious the seeds are when they are cooked. He was so excited to try them!
By the time we finished carving, then cleaning the seeds it was bedtime. Max had preschool the next morning and wanted to take a bag of seeds to every child in his class. So when they finished cooking and cooling I packed 13 snack baggies of 4-5 pumpkin seeds. Max was thrilled. He put them into his backpack. When I picked him up from school he was passing out the baggies, beaming with pride! He got in the car and cracked open his own bag to taste the delicious goodness. It was not what he expected. We had talked it up so much that he was expecting a puffed Cheeto or something that every 3-year-old would desire. Unfortunately it was not. Max’s palette has since grown and he loves the sophisticated crunch of a roasted pumpkin seed which is great because they are a great snack that is rich in fiber as well as vitamins B and E.
First cut open the top of the pumpkin and dig out the seeds and orange gunk. Try to separate the seeds into its own bowl. Fill the with water and the seeds will float to the top and the remaining gunk will sink. Spoon out the seeds into a strainer and let them sit overnight to dry out.
Put seeds into a bowl and mix in seasonings. I did butter, salt, seasoning salt and some Cajun seasoning to add color and some more flavor. Pour them out onto a cookie sheet and spread into a single layer.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons melted butter (olive oil or vegetable oil work well) or 2 teaspoons melted oil (olive oil or vegetable oil work well)
cayenne pepper (optional)
seasoning salt (optional)
Cajun seasoning (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
While it’s OK to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (it adds flavor) clean off any major chunks.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice.
Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet.
Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
Posted by Andrea