Pumpkin season is officially in full-swing. Grocery stores and farm stands have stacks of pumpkins. Doorsteps are adorned with pumpkins of every size. And families are visiting local pumpkin patches to pick that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Once all the pumpkins have been gutted and carved, what do you do with that bowl of slimy pumpkin guts and seeds? Before you throw the baby out with the bath water, pick out those seeds and make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds. These rich, salty seeds are as addictive as a bag of potato chips and are the perfect snack to get you in the Halloween spirit.
My family has been making roasted pumpkin seeds for as long as I can remember. Some years we’d carve so many pumpkins that we’d end up with about 15 cups of seeds. And they’re so simple to make! With only 4 ingredients, it’s surprising how rich they are. Once you start munching on them, you won’t be able to stop. They’re salty and buttery, with just a hint of tanginess from the Worcestershire sauce. Yum! 😋 🎃
- 4 cups raw pumpkin seeds
- 6 Tbsp salted butter, melted
- 2-4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 225°F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil and set aside.
- Rinse the pumpkin seeds until all the pulp and strings are washed off.
- In a large saucepan, cover the raw pumpkin seeds with water. Thoroughly salt the water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
- Spread the boiled seeds out on a towel to dry.
- Pour the seeds in a large bowl and mix with the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and salt until evenly coated.
- Spread the seeds out evenly over the baking sheets.
- Cook the seeds for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until crisp and dry.
- Don't like Worcestershire sauce? Substitute barbecue sauce, chili powder, or whatever else you would like. Or keep it simple and just go with butter and salt.
Lovely, squishy pumpkin guts! Trust me, these roasted pumpkin seeds are totally worth digging through this slimy stuff.
There’s nothing quite like the mouth-watering smell of pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven. Mmmm! It’s right up there with the aroma of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies or roast beef and mashed potatoes.
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