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Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Ever!

After years of trial by fire, literally one year a fire broke out in our kitchen. I have created the Best Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe in the world. You would be amazed on how many recipes there are out there, and most of them taste like old cardboard with a little salt.

My recipe is money. You will wow your neighbors and kids. Follow these directions and you will be known and the ‘Pumpkin Seed King (or Queen)’

First you must clean the seeds. This is one of the most important parts of the whole game. Scoop out as many seeds as possible. You need to place the seeds in a colander and wash under cold running water for about 5 minutes. You want the seeds to not have any slimy texture when you are done with this step. Immediately place them out on a paper towel and let them dry. If you can let them sit for a few hours (or overnight) that is the best scenario, but if you are in a hurry, just let them dry for at least 15 minutes.

When you are ready to roast the seeds, preheat your oven to 300. Follow these directions for the most money seeds on the block:

Combine 1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil, 1 ½ teaspoons of salt (sea salt is best), ½ teaspoon of pepper, ¼ teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of paprika.

Toss seeds into mixture until well coated. Let the seeds soak in this mixture for about 15 minutes as the oven heats up.

Spread the seeds evenly on a non-greased cookie sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven. Let them cook for 12 minutes and then take them out and mix them up so they are turned over and the outside seeds are moved to the inside and visa-versa. After another 10 minutes stir them up again and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so. If they are turning brown before the time is out, remove them from the oven.

Let them cool on paper towels. You can add salt to taste, though they should be perfect. If you want to be fancy, serve them warm out of the oven.

Think of all the pumpkin seeds we can roast! Posted by Picasa

This is a great treat for the kids after working in the yard, or great for a party. Pumpkin seed also go great on top of soups or salads. Note – you can also substitute garlic salt or seasoning salt for a kicker to compliment the meal or snacks you are serving. The other way to go is to create a sweet and spicy version, which is the Martha Stewart Special!

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