Pumpkin is a humble backyard vegetable that is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It is full of vitamin A, flavoniod poly-phenolic leutin, xanthin, and carotenes. Most people are focused on carving the best jackolantern and making it a tea light ornament. There are a lot of potential for cooking and baking with pumpkins. This roasted pumpkin seeds recipe is incredibly easy to make. Toasted pumpkin seeds only takes a quick roast away to becoming a delicious and healthy snack. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are great snacks for watching tv, adding into salads and added texture into muffins.
First ,choose a sugar pumpkin that is about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. They are usually labeled as “sugar pumpkin”. Sugar pumpkin yields crispier baked seeds. Second scrape the seeds from your pumpkin with a wide flat spoon or a flat canned lid.
Pull away the strings, flesh and rinse the seeds. You will noticed that flesh stinking to the seeds. An easy way to separate the flesh from the pumpkin seed is to add your seeds to a pot of hot water for about 5 minuets. Boiling the pumpkin seeds will help to yield crispy roasted pumpkin seeds.
Strain the water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. In a large mixing bowl add a few tablespoon of olive oil, spices, sugar and salt. Depending if you prefer a spicy roasted pumpkin seeds or sweet toasted pumpkin seeds you will add different spices. You can add cinnamon, sugar, cumin, cayenne pepper and ginger for a sweet pumpkin spice mix. Or you can use paprika, cayenne pepper, and cracked black pepper for a simple spicy mix.
Mix together so your seeds are well coated. Spread the pumpkin seeds evenly over a large baking tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minuets or until golden brown.
- 1 Sugar Pumpkin 6-8 inches in diameter
- 1/4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- Scrape pumpkin seeds from flesh
- Boiled in hot water for 5 mins to separate flesh from seeds
- Pat dry pumpkin seeds
- Mix pumpkin seeds with spices and olive oil
- Spread pumpkin seeds in large baking tray
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins until golden brown.
- Let cool before eating.