Pumpkin Seeds are the Gold of Halloween
I have always been fond of pumpkin seeds. I hate cleaning pumpkins out. YUCK! It's gross. The slimy innards are just disgusting. However, to get to the gold you have to dig through the muck. Each year I make roasted pumpkin seeds. I don't get fancy, but they just don't turn out the way I want them to until this year.
I have two big reasons I am making roasted pumpkin seeds this year. One is I found a new recipe to try out. Like I said, I don't get fancy, but I needed something to make these seeds taste great. Two, is I noticed in Josh's truck the other day he had a bag of store bought pumpkin seeds and he told me he was stuck on pumpkin seeds lately. Let's be honest, store bought pumpkin seeds are well, gross. That white film on them. Ick! Well I proceeded to tell him that it's the right season for fresh pumpkin seeds. I told him I would make him some.
So what did I do? Ethan and I got a pumpkin on Monday and he cleaned and carved it and I cleaned the seeds and tried out my new recipe. You see in the past I just couldn't get the salt right and I figured it out. I had someone tell me that if you boil your pumpkin seeds in salt water before roasting them, it would give you the perfect amount of salt. So I thought what the heck I'll try it.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
First of all preheat your over to 400 degrees
2 cups pumpkin seeds cleaned (get all that pumpkin slime off of them)
For every cup of seed you need 2 cups of water
For ever 1/2 cup of seeds you need 1 T of salt
So for 2 cups of pumpkin seeds you need to cover the seed with 4 cups of water in a sauce pan and add 4 T of salt (I use sea salt).
Then bring the seeds and water to a boil, once boiling let them boil for about 10 minutes, longer if you want them saltier.
Drain the seeds.
Line a baking pan with foil and drizzle the pan with olive oil. Pour the seeds onto the pan and toss them so that they are covered in the oil. Then make sure they are all in one layer.
Put them in the oven and cook them for about 20 minutes. Check them halfway through, they will be ready when they are a light brown.
It's that easy and let me tell you they are delicious.
I hit the jackpot last night because my son's Boy Scout troop had their pack meeting and they carved pumpkins. I was walking around collecting all the seeds. So I have a ton of pumpkin seeds.
I have cooked 4 batches already and I have about 3 more to finish.
I guess Josh will be set for a long time with homemade pumpkin seeds.