Whether your family’s carving jack o’ lanterns or saint o’ lanterns or just enjoying the delicious aroma of baking pumpkin for an autumn supper, don’t you dare waste those seeds! Toasting pumpkin seeds is a perennial tradition. Unfortunately, many recipes end up resulting in burned, bitter seeds. This one may take awhile, but the results are consistently delicious.
We like ours with just plain oil and salt, but you can experiment with spices or sugar as your heart desires and imagination inclines. The nice thing about the low cooking temperature is that it won’t burn more creative toppings.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Seeds from one pumpkin, about 1 1/4 cups from a typical jack o' lantern carver
1 T canola or vegetable oil
1 t. salt
Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix all ingredients. Spread on a cookie sheet. Bake in center of oven for 2 hours. Cool and store in an easily accessible place for spontaneous nibbling.