Now that Halloween is over, millions of creatively carved pumpkins are about to meet their final fate. Yes, the dreaded garbage can. But hopefully, you remembered to save those delicious, health-infused pumpkin seeds for roasting in the oven. If not, no problem. You can always buy dried pumpkin seeds at your local grocery store and get roasting!
Roasting pumpkin seeds are not exactly a new idea. However, since I love to create unique palatal experiences by incorporating global flavors into my foods, I thought I would give it a whirl this year with my pumpkin seeds by using what I already had in my spice pantry.
Since I love the flavors of Louisiana, including both Cajun and Creole cooking, I decided to make my first batch of seeds with a Creole spice combined with a bit of sea salt. Creole cooking has a distinct smoke flavor that creates a depth to any dish or ingredient it is added to.
Third, I tried my hand at using a unique spice created by Trader Joe’s called BBQ Coffee & Garlic. It’s the essence of three amazing flavors all rolled into one great spice. Unfortunately, this rub is a seasonal item at Trader Joe’s and can only be purchased in the fall. so run out and grab a jar while you can! I also have a recipe for Roasted Rainbow Carrots you can use this spice on for a unique twist on carrots.
Finally, after all the fun I had creating these unique flavor, I wanted to make a dessert-flavored seed to offset the saltiness of the others. Everybody’s favorite cinnamon and sugar was the perfect way to finish it off. My favorite part of this recipe are the heart-healthy, immune-supporting seeds that didn’t go to waste. If you are looking for a delicious and unique snack to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner, roasted pumpkins seeds are your answer!
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