roasted pumpkin seeds …

November 4, 2010

Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is soon approaching, you probably have some pumpkins lying around that you didn’t get to carving, or you are going to cook up some to make some heavenly pumpkin pie or other goodies.   So, make sure you save your seeds!
Pumpkin seeds are not only tasty, but also very healthy and full of zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and protein.
Check out the recipe below.
{Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe}
Rinse the pumpkin seeds under cold water removing all strings and pulp.
Place the pumpkin seeds in a bowl in a brine mixture. For each cup of seeds, add two cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt..  mix well, then let it sit overnight.  (this step is optional)
Rinse and drain the seeds.
Place on a sprayed cookie sheet and drizzle just to coat with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, then place in a 325 degree oven for 25-45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.  *cooking time can vary based on the size of your seeds and amount.  Be sure to watch carefully as they can burn quick.
Remove from oven and place in an airtight container.
Here are a few optional seasonings to add before cooking for other flavors.
  • garlic powder or garlic salt
  • seasoning salt
  • black pepper
  • salt free seasoning blend, such as Mrs. Dash brand
  • cayenne pepper
  • seasoning salt
  • Cajun seasoning blend
  • chili powder
  • Mexican style chili lime seasoning
  • Italian seasoning or other herbs
  • grated hard cheese such as Parmesan
  • curry powder
  • paprika
Some Flavor Combination for Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snacks
  • Italian Style Pumpkin Seeds – Italian Seasoning Blend, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
  • Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds – Cinnamon, Ground Ginger and Pinch of Nutmeg, Butter
  • Greek Style – Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, Oregano, Salt, Olive Oil
  • Buffalo Wings Pumpkin Seeds – Butter, Tabasco Sauce, Salt

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