Roasted pumpkin seeds is one of those things I never think to make until I am elbow-deep in a large gourd, pulling out the stringy innards in preparation for carving. Then, when the bounty of seeds is laid out before me, it seems like a shame to just throw the seeds away. Here are five ideas for turning those slimy seeds into crunchy treats perfect for munching on the week of Halloween. Even better, they're much lower in fat and calories than the other snacks bound to pile up in trick-or-treat baskets.
This flavor combination offers a bold kick of spice, tempered slightly by some fresh lime juice. To make, add 1 tablespoon hot sauce to the bowl of pumpkin seeds drizzled with olive oil and stir to coat thoroughly. Add ½ tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice and a pinch of salt, and toss. Recipe from skinnyms.com.
Cinnamon and sugar
You'll want to watch these as they cook to make sure the sugar doesn't burn. The result is a familiar, satisfying flavor combination applied to an addicting crunchy seed. Mix ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon brown sugar together in a small bowl, then add mixture to the bowl of pumpkin seeds drizzled with olive oil and toss thoroughly. Finish off with a pinch of salt, and toss again. Recipe from backtoherroots.com.
Sweet and spicy
Flavor-wise, this one is a good marriage of the previous two seasoning mixes. Mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar, ½ teaspoon sea salt, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper together in a small bowl, then toss with the olive oil-coated pumpkin seeds. Recipe from backtoherroots.com.
For once, pumpkin pie seasonings are applied to an appropriate base. To the bowl of pumpkin seeds drizzled with olive oil, add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Or, alternatively, mix ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves in a small bowl, and add to pumpkin seeds. Toss thoroughly.
Salt and pepper
Simple yet strangely addicting, this classic pairing lets the nuttiness of the seeds shine. To the bowl of pumpkin seeds drizzled with olive oil, add 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and toss.