Thursday, October 22, 2009

Try This! Thursday: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds!!

We just carved our pumpkin for Halloween, and I wanted to keep the pumpkin seeds to do something special with them. I had a recipe last year, and my seeds didn't turn out too well, but this recipe sounded pretty promising. So, if you have any left over pumpkin seeds...try this!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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-One medium sized pumpkin
-Olive oil

1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut open the pumpkin and use a strong metal spoon to scoop out the insides. Separate the seeds from the stringy core. Rinse the seeds.
2 In a small saucepan, add the seeds to water, about 2 cups of water to every half cup of seeds. Add a half tablespoon of salt for every cup of water (more if you like your seeds saltier). Bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
3 Spread about a tablespoon of olive oil over the bottom of a roasting pan. Spread the seeds out over the roasting pan, all in one layer. Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown, 10-20 minutes. When browned to your satisfaction, remove from the oven and let the pan cool on a rack. Let the seeds cool all the way down before eating. Either crack to remove the inner seed (a lot of work and in my opinion, unnecessary) or eat whole.

Recipe & picture from Simply Recipes [dot] Com

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Becky said... and the kids will be back here to take this recipe down! We will try this one!

Did they taste good?!?

Samantha said...

I don't think that I did them right. I didn't have olive oil, so I used vegetable oil instead...and for some reason I didn't think they were salty enough. But, I had soaked them in water the night before, and I think that posed a problem. I also read if you want really, really salty pumpkin seeds, soak them in salt water over night, let them dry on a paper towel the next day and then toast them.

The ones I had were good, but not as good as I think they should be. I did sprinkle some cinnamon and pumpkin spice over them too :)

Jenny said...

My husband recently bought a dehydrator and I can't wait to make some pumpkin seeds.