How To Toast Pumpkin Seeds

by brys on August 23, 2011 · 3 comments

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One of my favorite techniques to come out of this week’s Root Source on pumpkin is an easy two-step method for toasting pumpkin (or any other winter squash) seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a crispy, flavorful addition to soups, stews, salads or sautés — or a great cocktail-hour snack.

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First, scoop the pulp and seeds from a pumpkin (or squash), and put them together in a colander or strainer.

Under running water, rinse and separate the seeds from the pulp. (You can either discard the pulp, or simmer it with water, onion and any other aromatic vegetables and herbs to make a delicate stock for winter squash soup.)

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Next, boil the seeds in heavily salted water for 15 minutes. This step infuses seeds with flavor and makes them puff up and go crisp when you roast them. (You’ll notice that the boiling turns them darker in color.)

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Dry the seeds on a clean kitchen towel, then toss them with the spice combination of your choice (cayenne, curry powder, garam masala, cardamom, Old Bay, cinnamon, straight salt and pepper) and a splash of oil or butter, and roast them in the oven until they’re crispy.

Recipe: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Cookthink)
Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin Seed Brittle (Cookthink)
Recipe: Pumpkin Roasted With Curry Leaves (My Bombay Kitchen)
Reference: How to peel and seed a butternut squash (Cookthink)
Reference: What is a winter squash? (Cookthink)

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Mrs Ergül September 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

exactly what I have been looking for!!

Megan September 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I actually make this a one-step thing and just put the seeds on a sheet pan, sprinkle them with salt, and then add water right to the pan with them. Then you can put the whole thing in the oven, and the water will evaporate as they cook, leaving you with salted, roasted seeds (and only one dirty pan to clean). I don’t usually toss them with any spices (just salt), but I’m sure you could add that step right when the water is almost gone.

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