Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween parties will be in full swing this weekend. But instead of digging into that big bowl of Halloween candy, why not make some toasted pumpkin seeds and nosh on them instead.  So make use of that beautiful pumpkin from Geneva Lakes Produce and eat healthy!  For some great ready made spices to adorn those seeds, shop Wild Tree and ask Audrey and Mike for their suggestions. Directions for making the seeds:

  • Seed the pumpkin: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl.
  • Clean the seeds: Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry. Don't blot with paper towels; the seeds will stick.
  • Dry them: Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.
  • Add spices: Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices (see below). Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.

Suggested Recipes:

  1. Sweet --Toss with cinnamon and sugar (do not use salt)
  2. Indian-Toss with garam masala; mix with currants after roasting
  3. Spanish-Toss with smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting
  4. Italian-Toss with grated parmesan and dried oregano
  5. Barbecue-Toss with brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.

Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Magazine