Just finished carving your Halloween jack-o-lantern and want to make use of the rest of the pumpkin? Seeking a healthier alternative to snacking on potato chips? Here's a quick and simple recipe for spicy roasted pumpkin seeds.
Step 1: Ingredients
To prepare the spicy roasted pumpkin seeds, you will need:
- One pumpkin
- Olive oil
- Cayenne pepper
- Smoked paprika (regular paprika is a fine substitute)
- Garlic powder
Step 2: Preparation
Preheat your oven to 400°F and set out a baking sheet/pan lined with parchment paper. Cut your pumpkin and half and remove all of the seeds from the rest of the "pumpkin" guts. Place the seeds into a colander and rinse them in cool water. Place the pumpkin seeds onto a layer of paper towels, and dry them by applying another layer of paper towels and pressing down on them until they are fairly dry.
Step 3: Roasting and Seasoning the Seeds
Place the seeds onto the lined baking sheet/pan in an even layer. Roast the seeds in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the seeds from the oven, and place into a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and season to taste. Toss seeds to coat.