Monday, October 29, 2012

{From This Crazy Kitchen} Sweet and Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Surprise, surprise.  Another recipe.  I promise that one day {soon}, I'll post something other than a recipe.

Ever since my best friend made some of these and raved about how good they were, I've been wanting to try myself.

I googled and pinterest searched and read about 10 different posts about roasted pumpkin seeds.  Every source used a different oven temperature and different roasting time.  I also found that it's best to trust your nose when it comes to knowing when they are done.  They just smell done, ya know?

And if these aren't cooked perfectly, they aren't very good.  Not long enough and you have chewy, rubbery seeds that take 100+ chews to break down enough to swallow.  Cook too long and the inner seeds get burnt and taste like burnt food.

I made two varieties.  A cheesy, salty one and a super sweet one.  The Cinnamon Brown Sugar tasted like Cracker Jacks.  Yum!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Garlic Parmesan Seasoning
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 big pinches salt

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Seasoning
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
shake of nutmeg

Pumpkin Seeds
2 tablespoons Butter for one large pumpkin

Rinse pumpkin seeds in a big bowl.   The stringy pumpkin goo will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the seed with float.  Scoot them out with a slotted spoon and dab dry with a paper towel.

Melt butter and toss with the seeds.  Generously apply the seasoning.  Try to spread the seeds in a single flat layer.  They'll get done quicker than if they are on top of each other.

Bake at 300F until they are golden and crisp and smell yummy.  It should take about 20 minutes.  Mine took a while {more like 45 minutes}, but they were in a thick layer on top of each other.

If you are doubting their doneness, take them out and test them.  If they are hard to chew and not crispy, bake for a little longer.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Sarah! I'm pinning these now... thank you for sharing! I'm so happy to have found you via the blog hop and Im your newest follower. Please stop by any time! God bless. =)


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