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Roasted pumpkin seeds and Halloween are just one of those things that go together. When I think of Halloween I think of costumes, scary movies, roasted pumpkin seeds, and just plain ol’ having fun. Of course you can’t forget the fun Halloween food and holiday drinks either.
In our family, it has been a tradition in our house to roast the pumpkin seeds that we get from carving our jack o lanterns. I hear sweet pumpkins make the best tasting roasted pumpkin seeds but I have only ever used carving pumpkins since I’m not a pumpkin pie person. The kids and I just love them anyway! Plus it doesn’t hurt that they are a great source of fiber and protein too.
2 cups Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/4 teaspoons and 1 tablespoon Salt
1.5 tablespoons Olive Oil
1.5 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Making roasted pumpkin seeds is simple and fun! First you will need to clean off all of the pulp from the seeds. I’ve found that using a colander as a bowl to collect the seeds is a quick and easy way to get the seeds cleaned fast. Once you have collected all of your seeds you just take the colander straight to the sink, rinse, and depulp them.
Next, place all of the seeds in salted water and bring them to a boil. Then simmer them for 10-12 minutes. I use about a tablespoon of salt per 2 cups of pumpkin seeds in the water. You can use more or less depending on your own tastes. Boiling them first helps crisp them up more.
Once they have finished simmering, drain them and place them in a bowl with 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix them up real good and then place them on a cookie sheet covered in parchment or wax paper. Make sure they are spread even and not over lapping. I like to sprinkle extra salt at this point too, but I LOVE salt. I’ll be sad when that catches up with me.
Bake the seeds for about an hour at 250 degrees. Make sure to stir them occasionally. After an hour I checked on the seeds and decided to bake them for another 15 minutes at 275 just crisp them up a bit more. They turned out perfect!
What are your Halloween traditions? I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.