Seriously, What is the RIGHT way to Roast Pumpkin Seeds?

I was planning on carving my pumpkin last night with Eric but stupid me decided to “attempt” to play tennis instead. Boy was that a mistake, but that is a whole different story. So it looks like this Saturday is going to be the day to carve our pumpkin.

Each year Eric and I go through the same routine of carving our pumpkin. We each draw out some faces on paper and pick which one we like the best, then trace it onto the pumpkin. Once this is done, he is in charge of pretty much cutting and carving the pumpkin to make it come to life with a funny face. I, on the other hand, start getting the pumpkin seeds together to roast.

Now for the most part I think I know what I am doing when it comes to the process of roasting pumpkin seeds, but I have to admit, some years they turn out pretty good and some pretty burnt. The way I roast pumpkin seeds is pretty simple:

1. Clean off seeds
2. Spray some fat free butter on them
3. Add salt
4. Bake for an hour in a 300 degree oven

But honestly I am rather bored with this. I need some ideas on how to spruce them up a bit. I checked out some of the recipes on our site and believe it or not, they are all different when it comes to how to roast them, which confused me even more! One recipe says to actually boil them first before you bake them, another recipe says to bake them in a 250 degree oven for TWO hours and one actually says to microwave them….Um, confused!

Do any of you have a special recipe you go by when it comes to roasting pumpkin seeds? What about any ingredients to flavor them up other than salt and butter? I want to try something different this year and any of your recipes would be a great help! Thanks and Happy Halloween everyone!

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  • Hillary

    Mmmm that picture with the seeds and pumpkin stuff is so pretty! Haha I’m weird and lately have an obsession with all things pumpkin. I wish I had some tips for you to spruce up your seed roasting but alas, the one time I tried, it was a failure!

  • Marsha

    I made some roasted spaghetti squash seeds (about the same) last night. The full story will be on my blog by tomorrow, but for spices I used maple sugar, cayenne pepper, and a small pinch of salt. Addictive! In the past I’ve used lemon zest and sugar which is very yummy. Commercial curry powder is also delish and easy.

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  • Mrs Annam Senthil Kumar

    Thank you for the interesting Post. Thanks!!

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    I love this post, hope to see more from you soon.

  • mikey

    A great and informative post, thanks so much for being so kind as to sharing your interests, knowledges and experiences on pumpkin seed recipes.

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