Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Tasty Peanut Free Snack: Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

B and I carved a pumpkin* tonight - so much fun! And a great by-product is pumpkin seeds - all toasted and spiced. So dang good! BTW, don't tell B I said dang or I'll get a time out :)

I found a great recipe for sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds on Martha Stewart's site. Basically you take the seeds from your pumpkin (we had a kind of medium, bordering on large one that yielded about 2 cups of seeds but the ratio of sugar and spice to seeds works just fine), dry roast them in the oven and then saute them with sugar and a blend of spices.

Then you eat, like, a cup of them. Wait, did I say that? Ok, the last part I just added in. I'm not sure what's going to happen to me once I digest the cup I ate immediately after they were done, but that might be fodder for another post. D'oh!

So back to the recipe. I go to the cabinets to start getting ingredients. But then I look at the recipe and it had cayenne in. B's not a huge fan of spicy, so instead of the salt, cumin, cinnamon, and ginger, I substitute an equal amount of Lawry's season salt, but follow the rest of the directions to the letter (including the amounts of sugar - jeez it's alot). And then the magic happened.

Holy Schnikees. These were so GOOD!

Have I mentioned how good they were.

The longest part is the dry roasting of the seeds - takes an hour. But beyond that it takes about 5 minutes.

So one hour and 5 minutes later and you'll be set.

And for pete's sake, show some restraint. Unlike me. :)

* No, that photo isn't our pumpkin. Frankly I just don't have that much time on my hands. This image is from the Martha Stewart website. Isn't it gorgeous??


gfe--gluten free easily said...

Sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds sound wonderful! You really had me going on the jack-o-lantern ... I thought you guys carved it. ;-) I've never carved one that intricate, but I have done the fancier ones using a pattern and hey are easier than you'd think. This one pictured ... not so much. I'm sure one of Martha's staff carved it. LOL


Gab said...

Shirley you are so right - I'm sure Martha didn't carve it :) Glad you liked the recipe...I just tried it with sunflower seeds and it worked out great. I'm posting it this week on the blog...