Use Your Toaster Oven To Roast Pumpkin Seeds
I try not to waste anything in my kitchen and pumpkin seeds are no exception. My grandmother always roasted the pumpkin seeds out of our Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween and that is a tradition I have continued. Her method involved dry-roasting without any added fat or oil, unlike most recipes you will find. This process is well-suited to the seeds; they end up perfectly crunchy and have a delicious, nutty taste. I find the toaster oven creates an ideal cooking environment and I like not having to waste energy with my less efficient full-sized oven.
Not only are roasted pumpkin seeds delicious, they are also good for you. They are high in fiber and have many valuable nutrients such as zinc, manganese and magnesium. Pumpkin seeds are also loaded with healthy unsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are a snack you can feel good about indulging in!
Pumpkins come in many varieties and they all have edible seeds. Some have thick, papery white skins over them, some are hull-less. I find both types are quite delicious roasted. Hard winter squashes, such as butternut squash, also have edible seeds which can be roasted. The amount of seeds inside a pumpkin greatly Buttermilk Recipes varies from variety to variety. The amounts given below will all be for one cup of seeds, about what you will get from a small pie pumpkin. Just multiply by the number of cups of seeds in your particular pumpkin to get the exact amounts of seasonings needed.
Heat your toaster oven to 275 degrees F. Scoop the pumpkin seeds into a metal strainer. Rinse with cool water until clean and free of any stringy pulp or slime. Allow to dry in the strainer for 15 minutes. Spread the seeds in a thin layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of good quality sea salt. Mix gently. Bake until thoroughly dry; this should take about 40 minutes. The seeds have been baking too long if you start to hear popping noises. That is all you need for basic roasted pumpkin seeds. Below are two of my favorite pumpkin seed spice combinations. Just sprinkle the seeds with the spices along with the sea salt and bake in the same manner.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Spicy Tex Mex
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground dry cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried garlic
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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