Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: A family tradition
I know this is last minute Halloween information, but it is finally time to carve pumpkins and so you I thought I would share with you how we roast our pumpkin seeds, (or pumpkin innards as they are referred to in Garfield's Halloween Adventure). Our family has a pumpkin carving tradition that we have followed for years. A few days before Halloween we carve our pumpkins. While the kids are carving, I prep the seeds for roasting and get them in the oven. After all the carving is done, the kitchen cleaned, and jammies put on, we sit down together, with a bowl of freshly roasted pumpkin seeds in our laps, and watch "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" circa 1985.
We look forward to this every year. My little boy was so excited last night he kept jumping around saying "we're carving our pumpkins tonight, we're carving our pumpkins tonight!" It was so fun to see his excitement. And I think our pumpkins turned out great! Whatcha' think?
Now to share with you the way that I roast my seeds. I follow no recipe. I just use memory of what I have done over the years. Our family loves simple roasted pumpkin seeds. Just butter and salt on them and the kids LOVE them.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
4 cups fresh pumpkin seeds
3 Tablespoons Salted Butter, melted
1 tsp salt
The first thing you do is to separate your seeds from your "innards" (the slimy orange stuff). Then in a colander rinse your seeds. This will help get off all the pumpkin guts. Dry as much as possible on a towel. (we are always in a hurry, so I don't worry about have them bone dry, they still always feel wet and slimy.)
Spread seeds on a heavy cookie sheet with sides. I didn't measure how many seeds I had, but I think it was about 4 cups. Add the melted butter and stir to coat every seed with butter ( I usually use my hands). Sprinkle the salt over and mix again.
Put the seeds in the oven at 350 degrees. Put the timer on for 10 minutes. Stir the seeds. Put the timer on for another 10 minutes. Continue this 3 or 4 times. Roasting and stirring. After about 40 minutes the seeds should be lightly browned. Take them out when brown and crunchy (I usually pop one in my mouth to check).
Now they are ready to put in serving bowls and enjoy while watching your favorite Halloween show. Or take them to school for a snack. Wherever you eat them, they will put a smile on your face!