So, you carved your jack o’lantern, but what do you do with all of those seeds? If you are like the old me you just throw them away, along with all of the slimy pumpkin innards. But yesterday I decided to roast them up.
I am not sure why I t hought it was a difficult thing to do. Kind of like making hummus, I thought it was just one of those things. Picture me saying “things” with a wave of my hand.
Get yourself a pumpkin. Since it is after Halloween now they are all really cheap. And honestly, pumpkins can be a great decoration for Thanksgiving also.
Remove the top and scoop all of the seeds and pulp stuff out. I have found that a large metal spoon works better than any of those plastic scrapers that are purposefully designed for this task.
Get the seeds and pulp separated from each other. From this:
Have the kids help you.
Rinse them off in your sink. Don’t worry about a little excess pulp clinging to the seeds.
Coat the seeds with a tiny bit of vegetable oil. I actually did this step while my seeds were still in the colander. Remember a tiny bit goes a long way.
Spread the seeds out in a single layer.
Add your salt and spices.
We like spicy things so I used chili powder along with a healthy amount of freshly ground sea salt. the recipe is infinitely adaptable using whatever spices you like and have on hand. Think: garlic powder, cinnamon and sugar, or just plain salt.
Put in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until they turn a golden color. You will want to watch them carefully as all ovens are different.