If you’re already carving pumpkins this Halloween, why not put those pumpkin seeds to use? Just throw them in the oven for a few minutes with your favorite seasonings, and you’ll have a delicious and healthy snack to munch on anytime you’re craving something tasty. You could even package them up after seasoning, and send them home with your guests as favors if you’re hosting a pumpkin carving party.
For our roasted pumpkin seed favors, we chose three flavor options: lightly salted, cinnamon + sugar and super spicy. All three were delicious, but we wanted to give our guests the option to choose whichever preparation they liked best to take home with their carved pumpkins! Scroll down for the how-to, and be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on hosting a pumpkin decorating party.
- Herbs and spices for seasoning (optional)
- Cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
- Carve a ring around the stem of your pumpkin. Remove the seeds and stringy bits and place in a colander. Isolate the seeds from the rest of the pumpkin matter and rinse with cool water. Measure your seeds, and place in a saucepan with two cups of water and one tablespoon of salt for every ½ cup of seeds.
- Place over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain seeds and place in a bowl. Cover with enough oil to coat all the seeds evenly. Add seasonings of choice (we split our seeds and used a cinnamon + sugar mixture to season the first batch, and a smoked paprika + cayenne pepper + salt mixture to season the second batch), and spread on cookie sheet in a single layer.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Once the oven has preheated, place cookie sheet in center rack and bake for 20-30 minutes, removing every 10 minutes or so to stir the seeds for even roasting.
- Remove once edges are golden brown, and allow to cool to room temperature before packaging.
Used In This Project:
- I chose the “Jack-O-Lantern” style in lime, deep blue and purple.
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