Recipe: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Three Ways

Panicked, Jack rolled down the street away from the child wielding the silver knife.  The devilish child tackled him and plunged the knife into his orange flesh.  The child stabbed Jack until he had carved a mouth so Jack could scream.  His entire gourd seared with pain as orange guts tumbled out of the his wound.

Um, okay.  So that intro I wrote was a little more horrifying than I anticipated.  I promise, seekers of autumn delights, that there are only delectable treats from here on out.

You finished carving your awesomely nerdy pumpkin (or, if you’re less talented like me, your pumpkin is sporting triangle eyes and a crooked grimace).  Now you have a bowl of gloopy pumpkin guts and seeds.  Or rather, a bowl of deliciousness!

 Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Three Ways

Ingredients:

1 cups of Pumpkin seeds (x3)
1/3 stick of butter (x3)
1 tablespoon of salt (x1)
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (x1)
1 teaspoon of cinnimon (x2)
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (x1)
1/4 cup of apple cider, or 1 teaspoon of apple cider powder mix (x1)

Equipment:

4 small mixing bowls
2 cookie sheets or baking trays
tinfoil
mixing spoon

First, separate the pumpkin innards from the seeds.  You can either keep the orange mush to puree and use in something else, or you can toss it.

Then rinse and strain the seeds until they are no longer slimy.

Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Separate your seeds into three bowls.

In the fourth bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.  Pour the butter over the pumpkin seeds.

Basic Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toss the pumpkin seeds with butter and salt until the ingredients are integrated.

Cinnimon Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toss the pumpkin seeds with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until the ingredients are integrated.

Apple Cider Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toss the pumpkin seeds with butter, apple cider or apple cider powder, and cinnamon until all the ingredients are integrated.

Spread the pumpkin seeds evenly over a baking sheet covered with tinfoil so that most of the seeds are lying flat on the sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the seeds begin to brown.

Let cool, then enjoy a delicious Halloween snack!