Last night, for my cousin birthday, I went over to my aunt and uncles house for our annual pumpkin carve-a-thon.
We went to a couple local stores and picked out the best carvin’ beauties we could find and lugged them home.
Usually, “gutting” the pumpkin is my least favorite part, but this time I didn’t mind at all. I was intent on gathering all of the seeds from my pumpkin so I could roast them. I’ve done it in years past but for some reason they never turned out very well.
By the time I was done picking pumpkin goo off of all my seeds, everyone else was done carving so I carved mine at lightning speed. It turned out pretty cute, I think!
I put all the seeds into a bowl full of water then we carried our jack-o-lanterns outside and my uncle lit the candles with a butane torch. Yep. A torch!
After that, I got to work roasting my seeds!
I googled how to do it and used a few pointers from a couple of websites. In the end they turned out amazing!
Here’s my “recipe” for some delicious roasted pumpkin seeds:
- Soak the seeds in a bowl of cold water for 10-15 minutes
- Pour the seeds into a strainer and rub them between your fingers under running water (to clean off any remaining pumpkin bits)
- Lay seeds out on paper towels and pat dry
- Spread seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in a warm oven for 10 minutes to ensure they are completely dry (stir after 5 minutes)
- Remove from oven
- With a spatula, group the seeds in the middle of the cookie sheet
- Gather your spices (I used seasoned salt, garlic powder and fresh ground sea salt)
- Melt butter or margarine in the microwave and pour over seeds (I used about 3 Tbsp for all of the seeds from one large pumpkin)
- Sprinkle desired amount of spices over the seeds
- Spread seeds evenly back out over the cookie sheet (I ground some sea salt over them at this point)
- Place in oven, stirring every 5 minutes, until the seeds start to look golden brown (mine took 30 min.)
- Remove from oven and let cool. OR…
- Stand and eat directly from the hot cookie sheet (if you are anything like my aunt and I!)
Oh man. They are SO yummy! I highly recommend you try roasting your own. I found lots of spice combinations online. You can do savory, sweet, “Halloweeny” (cinnamon, ginger and allspice), lemon flavored, and lots more!
As I write this I am eating more seeds! Mmm.
What are your October/fall traditions?