Toasted Spicy Pumpkin Seeds w/ Worcestershire and Chili Sauce (left) and Kettle-Style Seeds, carmalized in brown sugar, cumin, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper (right)
Every Halloween I save the seeds from our pumpkins and bake them. It never occured to me that pumpkin seeds could be a venue for serious, delicious flavor until recently a co-worker told me about a recipe his mom had to carmelize her seeds. I did some research and came up with two seriously good recipes. Please try and let me know what you think!
Toasted Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 teaspon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Chili Sauce
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspon Paprika
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Rinse pumpkin seeds until all the pulp and strings are washed off.
In a medium bowl, combine Worcestershire sauce, Chili sauce, melted butter, salt and paprika. Add the seeds and stir until coated.
Spread out on a baking sheet and bake 1 to 2 hours (mine took about 1hr 45 min), until crisp, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
Kettle-Style Pumpkin Seeds
1 medium pumpkin (5 to 7 pound size), reserve seeds
5 tablespoons, firmly pressed, light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Rinse pumpkin seeds until all the pulp and strings are washed off.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread seeds on parchment in an even layer. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1-1 1/2 hours.
While seeds are baking, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne.
When seeds are done, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and 2 tablespoons sugar. Cook until sugar melts and the pumpkin seeds begin to carmalize (about 1 minute).
Transfer to bowl with spices and stir well to coat. Let cool. These may be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Bring them to work and share with co-workers, or use for a healthy snack while watching tv!