Four Fabulous Roasted Pumpkin Seed Flavors

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Now that Halloween is over, millions of creatively carved pumpkins are about to meet their final fate.  Yes, the dreaded garbage can.  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 infuse global flavors into my recipes, rather than tossing the seeds as usual, I put them to good use and oven-roasted them using a combination of spices from my pantry.

I love the flavors of Louisiana. Creole spice has a distinct smoke flavor that creates an interesting depth to the food. Combined with a splash of sea salt gives the seed a smoky, salty flavor made famous in the south.

I also created a Mediterranean flavor by using Za’atar, a spice widely used in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes including meats and vegetables, in yogurt and sprinkled over bread with oil. While they are all good, I think this is my favorite flavor of the four.

In the fall Trader Joe’s sells a private label spice called BBQ Coffee & Garlic. Three delicious flavors all rolled into one great spice.  I use this spice on my Roasted Rainbow Carrots and love the unique flavor that comes through these vegetables from slow roasting in the oven. This spice is a fun addition to pumpkin seeds too.

After experimenting with three unique flavors options, I made a dessert-flavored seed to offset the saltiness of the others.  Everybody’s favorite cinnamon and sugar was the perfect addition to the collection.

Pumpkin seeds are a heart-healthy, immune-supporting snack you can make anytime of the year. If you are looking for a unique treat to share at your Thanksgiving dinner, roasted pumpkins seeds make an excellent choice.

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Four Fabulous Pumpkin Seed Flavors Yum
Discover your favorite flavor of pumpkin seeds by roasting and dusting them with a combination of exotic spices.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15-30 minutes
Servings
cup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15-30 minutes
Servings
cup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with olive oil.
  2. Boil pumpkin seeds in salted water for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain water. Transfer the seeds to a medium bowl.
  3. Add olive oil and toss seeds until evenly coated.
  4. Spread the pumpkin seeds on to a prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Here is an example of too many seeds on one tray. Keep it spread thin for the best roasting results.
  5. Bake on the top rack for 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of your seeds. Toss seeds every 5 to 10 minutes to toast evenly. Be careful not to over toast or the seeds will burn. When the pumpkin seeds are lightly browned, remove from the oven and transfer to a bowl, or separate bowls if using more than one seasoning.
  6. Sprinkle seasoning on top of pumpkins seeds and mix until the seeds are evenly coated.
  7. Store in an airtight container once seeds are completely cooled.
Recipe Notes

- Thinner seeds will take much less time roasting than thicker seeds. Never depend on the timing suggestions since the vast variety of seeds require different baking times.
- Pumpkin seeds are done when they are dry and lightly browned.
- Seeds will get slightly harder when cooled.

Recipe by Lisa Soldo-Johnson for www.culinarybutterfly.com

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