Pump Up Your Pumpkin Seeds

October 9, 2019

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Halloween is on its way and for many the traditions of carving a jack-o-lantern include roasting the seeds from the freshly carved pumpkin.  While seasoning roasted pumpkin seeds with nothing but butter and salt is classic, but if you’re craving something more, it’s quite easy to take them in another direction. Start with a pre-heated oven of 300°F and a parchment-lined baking sheet. After separating and removing the seeds from the pulp and a quick water rinse, place them into the oven without the salt but with the butter or oil you normally use and bake for 20-25 minutes. For sweet pumpkin seeds, toss them with a bit of brown sugar, a little maple syrup, or honey — just enough to lightly coat the seeds. You can stop there, or add a few generous pinches of warm baking spices like ground cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice. Toss well to coat evenly. Return the tray to the oven and continue to roast for another 10 to 15 minutes. For sweet and spicy, employ the same method as the sweet recipe but when tossing the seeds with a little honey or maple syrup, add a bit of Sriracha, cayenne, or red pepper flakes. For a savory pumpkin seed, add herbs such as chopped fresh rosemary, dried Italian seasoning, or spices such as curry powder, za’atar, smoked paprika, chili powder, or ground cumin to the seeds before roasting. Just keep a close eye on the seeds to be sure the herbs or spices aren’t browning too quickly or at risk of burning. If so, lower the oven temperature to between 250°F and 275°F.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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