Wrapping up Halloween in August week, I will end the week with roasted pumpkin seeds. I’m about over pumpkin at this point! I’m not worried though. As soon as I feel the first cool breeze I’ll be putting pumpkin in everything from coffee to cake and back again. If anyone has tips on getting pumpkin butter into a latte, I’m listening.
I read a lot of recipe posts on how to roast pumpkin seeds because I couldn’t remember what temperature at which to roast them. What I found was a lot of overly complicated instructions that involved spending an inordinate time cleaning the seeds, then drying them, them boiling them in salted water first (what?) and THEN finally roasting them. Maybe all of that work does really make better pumpkin seeds. But I decided that it was completely unnecessary. You’re welcome.
I did rinse most of the pumpkin goo off of them because I got nervous and self-conscious after reading all those intimidating recipes. Next time, I’ll pick out the big chunks and move on with my life.
Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
– pumpkin seeds
– Everglades Heat seasoning
– garlic powder
– salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse the pumpkin goo off your pumpkin seeds. Pat them dry on a towel, and then toss with seasonings to taste. Roast for 20 minutes (give or take, depending on your oven) at 350 degrees, shaking or tossing at the 10 minute mark.
I’ve heard that the seeds from sugar pumpkins (or seminole pumpkins) are better for roasting than carving pumpkins, but I’ve roasted spaghetti squash seeds, carving pumpkin seeds… They all taste good to me!
The Everglades Heat seasoning is my newest obsession. It’s hot with the right amount of flavor. Love it! If you haven’t tried Everglades original or Everglades Heat, get thy self to a grocery store, stat. The original is awesome on grilled or roasted veggies, or basically anything. Double the deliciousness for the spicy folks out there when you use Heat. Note: Everglades Heat is the cat’s meow on some Mayonnaise Corn. Try it, and thank me later.
Another excellent use for a Silpat. These pumpkin seeds didn’t even think about sticking to that bad boy.
That’s it! Enjoy by the handful. I hear they are super nutritious, too, if you’re in to that sort of thing. All I know is that they taste good.
And that’s a wrap on pumpkin week and the week in general! TGIF, y’all!