Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
It's that time of year again; yesterday, we carved up three pumpkins. One for each of my girls and the other to mysteriously place on our neighbor's doorstep. We did this last year, and they were very excited by the gesture. The girls were rewarded with homemade cookies.
Roasting pumpkin seeds is easy and a great snack to have around the house. My wife made this batch and said it was her finest ever. Here's a simple recipe.
Washing & Drying the Pumpkin Seeds
Drying the seeds before roasting is a good idea, but only partially necessary. We didn't, but here's what to do if you want. Before roasting, you'll want to wash and dry the seeds to remove all the yucky pumpkin gook. To wash, place the seeds in a big water bowl and rub off any fibrous pumpkin tissue. You'll likely do this several times to get all the yucky stuff off.
To dry, place on a roasting pan, spread them out so they aren't touching (too much), and place in a warm oven for a couple of hours. Be sure to stir them frequently so they don't burn.
As I said, we skipped the drying part above and went right to the roasting. After we washed the seeds, we preheated the oven to 300 degrees F and then tossed the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of melted butter and some salt. Looking back, one tablespoon of butter is enough.
Spread the seeds evenly onto a baking sheet and bake until golden brown (about 30 to 40 minutes). Again, be sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
Letting Them Sit
Once done, you'll want to dive right in and taste your work, which is fine, but you'll find the seeds a little greasy from the butter. However, if you wait a few hours, the pumpkin seeds seem to absorb some of the butter and have better flavor without the greasy feel.