How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds (and 5 Tasty Seasoning Blends To Try)
by Matt Moore
Art of Manliness
been good at carving pumpkins. Even as my deftness and skill with
knives has increased over the years, I find that my attempts to
competently carve a pumpkin tend to always come off looking more
like an elementary school project rather than a piece of art.
I typically get relegated to all of the other tasks that take
place on pumpkin carving day — cleaning, picking out the
seeds, and reserving parts of the pumpkin for later use in risottos,
soups, and pies. Though I don’t get the artistic satisfaction
of seeing my jack-o-lantern lit up to frighten the masses, I typically
enjoy hearing the mmms and ahhs as folks savor my pumpkin’s
pumpkin seeds has always been a tradition in my family. It’s a
healthy snack alternative that can satiate a Halloween appetite
that’s typically fueled by sugar and sweets. Eating roasted pumpkin
seeds is particularly beneficial to us men. They’re rich in zinc,
magnesium, and healthy fat, making them one of the best foods
to naturally boost testosterone. Preparing, roasting, and eating
them is also a simple and fun activity enjoyed by couples and
To add in
some variety, I’ve created 5 special seasoning blends to make
the most out of this year’s pumpkin seed roast.
to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
for cleaning and roasting pumpkin seeds remains straightforward
and simple. Follow the steps below to get that perfect roasted
flavor – regardless of your choice of seasoning. Take note that
the recipes below assume you will yield approximately 2 cups of
clean seeds per pumpkin, which is typical from a large pumpkin.
Adjust times and/or seasonings if your yield varies significantly.
1 – Place the pumpkin on a flat, secure surface for cutting.
2 – Cut a square shape into the top of the pumpkin, pull back
to reveal the inside.
3 – Pull out seeds with hands, discarding the stringy bits
into the trash.
4 – Place seeds into a colander.
5 – Rinse seeds under cold running water, ensuring all pumpkin
parts are removed. Allow seeds to dry.
6 – Spread seeds out into a single layer on a baking sheet,
season (recipes below), and roast for 25 – 30 minutes at 350
7 – Remove seeds from oven, cool completely, enjoy!
Pumpkin Seed Seasoning Blends
Try the following
seasoning blends to punch up the deliciousness of your roasted
Salt + Cracked Black Pepper + Olive Oil – a kicked-up
version of the traditional plain salted variety. I use good quality
olive oil to ensure a fruity, nutty flavor.
½ Teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
to 350 degrees F. On a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet
toss together seeds, seasoning, and oil – arrange into a single
layer. Roast seeds uncovered for 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from
heat, cool completely, enjoy.
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