When you’re carving your pumpkins for Halloween this weekend, make sure you keep the seeds! Those little seeds hidden amongst the disgusting orange goo are one of the healthiest foods you can consume! Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants and minerals that keep you healthy and energized, and they taste delicious when you roast them! Next time you are camping, roast your seeds in a dutch oven over the campfire and snack away as you enjoy the beautiful fall weather with your family and friends!
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 tin foiled lined dutch oven and roast them for about 30 mins to dry them out.
Add spices: Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices (see below) and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.
Sweet Toss with cinnamon and sugar (do not use salt in step 4).
Indian Toss with garam masala; mix with currants after roasting.
Spanish Toss with smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting.
Italian Toss with grated parmesan, garlic, and dried oregano.
Barbecue Toss with brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.