Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Seeds

For anyone carving a pumpkin this weekend here are five creative ways to roast your pumpkin seeds: season salt, curry, paprika, Maryland style, and sugar 'n' spice! 
This last week a few of my friends through a pumpkin carving party. I am highly in favor of this. It makes so much more sense for only one house to have that trainwreck of a mess of pumpkin innards than seven. Not that I don't love pumpkin carving.....except that I don't. I honestly don't. The texture and smell and what feels like the years it takes to scoop everything out....not my favorite at all. I've honestly never carved a pumpkin of my own accord, so finding a party where there would be tons of pumpkin seeds up for grabs after everyone else did the work: PERFECT! But I'm not greedy, I roasted them up and brought them right back for everyone to eat! 

I'd already had my fill of plain old salted pumpkin seeds and decided to try for a few different takes. Everyone raved about the sugar'n'spice seed. I used vanilla sugar and can't begin to tell you how much I love vanilla sugar, but regular sugar will work as well, just add a half teaspoon of vanilla to the butter when you coat the seeds! 

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend! I've got tickets to the Rally to Restore Sanity tomorrow! That should be a great time! Ugh. I still need to think of a creative sign. Any good ideas shoot them my way! 

Maryland Style Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1/8 cup Old Bay or to taste
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 T. Butter, melted

Sugar’n’Spice Pumpkin Seeds
2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
3/4 cups vanilla sugar or white sugar (but add vanilla extract to the butter)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Sweet Curry Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1/8 cup Sweet Curry Spice or to taste
2 T. Butter, melted

Paprika Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1/8 cup Paprika or to taste
2 T. Butter, melted

Seasoned Salt Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1/8 cup seasoned salt or to taste
2 T. Butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Rinse pumpkin seeds in a colander. Spread out on paper towels and pat dry.

Put the pumpkin seeds in a plastic bag along with the butter to coat.

Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the pumpkin seeds out in a single layer. Sprinkle the chosen seasoning evenly over the tops.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasted. Cool for a few minutes before serving.



11 comments:

  1. I LOVE pumpkin seeds and was in serious need of some pumpkin seed recipes. Thank you so much for all of the creative and delicious recipes. Your pumpkin seeds look soooo yummy! :) YUM!

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  2. Super ideas! We love pumpkin seeds and all those different flavors - what great little gifts in cute packaging.

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  3. I love the variety here! I'm gonna have to try several of these. Love the packaging.

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  4. Pumpkin seeds are good on just salted. Now with all these flavors for the pumpkin seeds, they have reached a new level of deliciousness. (Is that a word?)

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  5. I have so many pumpkin seed recipes I want to try now, I'm going to need about 12 pumpkins!

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  6. Yay something to do with my pumpkin seeds this weekend.
    Have fun at the Stewart rally!

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  7. I was definitely planning on roasting pumpkin seeds this weekend and now am so glad I have so many flavor options...thank you!

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  8. These recipes are perfect! Going to make some of these tonight after pumpkin carving!

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  9. Mmmm...I love roasted pumpkin seeds! I l have always just sprinkled salt on them and placed in the oven. I am going to have to try the curry ones....sounds delicious! :)

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  10. I love roasted pumpkin seeds...have my little bowl on the counter right now with curry. Love your variety!

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  11. My friends went to the rally, they said it was a blast! I love these recipes, I always just roast them with salt but the spice variations here are awesome!

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