(a very special thank you to Jeannie Grace for the inspiration for this post)


Perhaps they should be called roasted pumpkin seeds?

I’ve never had them before so I don’t know the proper terminology – all I know is that I bake-roasted them in the oven. 

It all began with the “carve-on”;  Madison and Mummy versus Chloe and Daddy for the great pumpkin challenge (my family loves Hallowe’en Wars)

We got to gutting our soon-to-be Jack-o-lanterns.

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I followed a few different recipes to make these, but one thing I thought made sense was to boil the seeds first.  It removes the excess pumpkin guts and helps them bake/roast more evenly.
I put them in boiling water and let simmer for 10 minutes.

pumpkin seeds sitting in a pot with water

I wanted to try a couple of versions of pumpkin seeds, so I split the batch in half.

In one half I mixed
1 1/2 tbsp butter (salted)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
and 1 cup of pumpkin seeds

In hindsight, these needed a bit more salt for my tastes, so another tsp of sea salt would have been good.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees farenheit.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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The second recipe I tried was for a sugar & spice version of pumpkin seeds.
 
For this batch, you roast the seeds first before adding anything else.  (275 fahrenheit for approx. 1 hour, or until golden brown)
 
cookie sheet divided with tinfoil - spiced pumpkin seeds on one side, plain on the other
 

 Once the seeds are nice and golden and crunchy, the spiced ones are done:

spiced pumpkin seeds in a bowl


The sugar and spice version now needs the sugar and spice.
In a large fry pan, add 1tbsp vegetable oil.
Add in your baked pumpkin seeds and stir until coated.

pumpkin seeds being stirred in a frypan


Take 4 tbsp white sugar and pour over the seeds.  Keep stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved and the seeds are evenly coated.

Pour the seeds into a bowl and top with another tbsp of sugar, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice.
Toss until they are all coated.

sugar and cinnamon pumpkin seeds in a dish

  
We had a taste-off between the two recipes and the sugar & spice won out.

The others were good, but like I wrote above, I think they needed more salt.

The great pumpkin challenge?
I’d say it was pretty close:

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What happened to pumpkins with Cinderella, minions or Hello Kitty on them?  These two have gone ghoulish on me!




Have a great one!

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