Roasted pumpkin seeds

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Roasted pumpkin seeds
If you have lots of seeds left over after carving out your Halloween pumpkin, then why not roast them for a simple, tasty snack. Here are a few options for spicing up these seeds, or you can use your own combination of spices.
 

1 medium pumpkin
4 cups water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For spice:

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (optional)

1/2 cumin (optional)

1/2 coriander (optional)

1/2 cardamom (optional)

Or for sweet seeds:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon ginger

1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar

Preheat oven to 120⁰c. Cut off the top of the pumpkin (about the top 3 to 4 inches) and scoop out the seeds. Throw away stringy fiber from the seeds along with seeds that have split of cracked. Place all the rest of the seeds into a strainer and rinse well. This should leave you with about 2 cups of seeds.

Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot. Then add the seeds and reduce the heat. Boil gently for about 10 minutes. Drain the seeds and transfer on a paper towel to pat dry.

Put the seeds in a medium bowl and toss them with oil. Spread them out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Place the seeds in the oven for roasting and stir them every 10 minutes of so for about an hour, or until they are crisp and golden. (They will become crispier once you take them out and leave them to cool). Set the seeds aside to cool completely. You can eat them whole or shell them.

If you want to try spicy pumpkin seeds, mix ½ a teaspoon of garlic salt, cumin, coriander and cardamom with the seeds and oil before roasting. For sweet pumpkin seeds mix 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger and 1½ tablespoons of dark brown sugar with seeds and oil before roasting.

Serves
2 cups

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Vegetables

Recipe Type
Easy, Entertaining, Snacks, Vegetarian

Special Info
Egg free, Vegetarian, Dairy free

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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