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Sep 28, 2011 09:45 AM

Official 2011 Pumpkin Seed Thread

I love me some pumpkin seeds (read: addicted) but I"m not a fan of the over salted (Davids) or burnt (Gerbs) brands. Let's talk about your favorite ways to prepare nature's crack and where to get good deals on the street.

I'm a fan of the simple slow and low bake with a touch of vegetable oil and salt. I also like to pan-roast them after letting them dry out for 24hrs. This year I want to experiment with smoking them (over wood chips, not in a pipe).

Any suggestions?

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    1. I use the shelled ones.

      I take about two cups of seeds, and in a steel mixing bowl, I add about a tablespoon of olive oil, and something spicy, like Tabasco or Frank's. Lately I've used a teaspoon or so of adobo sauce from a can of chipotles. Mix it all up well.

      Place them in a cast iron skillet in a 350' oven about ten minutes. Give 'em a good shake and another 5 to 7 minutes in the oven.

      Take 'em out and salt to taste.

      You're right, they are the crack of the snack world.


        I like to start with this and go wherever inspiration leads me. (Generally that just means "add sriracha" and eat a zillion of them asap.)

        1. This month's Food Network magazine has the basic recipe for roasting them (at 200 degrees), and then flavoring them....i.e. Mexican, Indian, Italian (parm and basil), etc. Made me want to go to all the work of actually doing it!

          1. You might want to check out CHOW's 10 recipes for spiced up pumpkin seeds:


            Deborah from CHOW