Originally posted in Oct 2011
This time of the year almost all of us are carving pumpkins- but are you wasting or devouring the seeds?
As a chef, I see pumpkin guts and think of how I can turn them into something I can eat. I’ve been making seeds the same way since I was a kid fighting over pumpkins with my two brothers- and while this recipe is simple- it will bring you right back to your childhood.
Poli’s Perfect Pumpkin Seeds:
Remove all of the pulp and seeds from your pumpkin. Once you’ve got the seeds out, put them in a large bowl and let them rinse.
Strain the seeds and add 2 cups of water 1tbps salt to about 1 cup of seeds.
Let them soak for about 12 hours. This will help season the pumpkin seeds.
Strain off the water and pat dry when ready.
Melt 3 tbsp of butter and pour into a bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon cayenne and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika.
Mix in the seeds and stir the seasoning all over. Place on to a non stick baking sheet, in a single, even layer, roast in a 350 degree oven, for 45 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
Let them cool before eating and enjoy.
Trick or Treat!