Recipe: Baked Pumpkin Seeds

                     Happy Halloween!

Photo of carved pumpkin for S.A.T. gourmet blog post on baked pumpkin seeds for Halloween

Photo of Charis and her Dad at Parent's Weekend for blog post on SATgourmet about baked pumpkin seedsMy Dad and I at Parent’s Weekend.

Once a year we have Parent’s Weekend at my school. My Mom and Dad came for two days and sat in on all of my classes. Yesterday we arrived home for a long weekend. Since I’m not due back at school until Tuesday, I have time to cook, try new recipes, and revisit old favorites. Halloween, one of the most fun holidays, is coming up, so we bought a pumpkin at our local health food store. I don’t really like the taste of pumpkin, but I love the seeds.

Here’s a simple recipe for baked pumpkin seeds:

Photo of Charis removing pumpkin seeds for an S.A.T.gourmet blog post on baked pumpkin seeds.      Using a paring knife, cut off the stem of the pumpkin.

Photo of pumpkin seeds soaking in water for S.A.T.gourmet post on baked pumpkin seeds.      Scoop out the seeds & separate them from the meat                                                   of the pumpkin. Place the seeds in cold water & let                                                     them soak while you scoop out all of the seeds.

Photo of strained pumpkin seeds for post on baked pumpkin seeds on S.A.T.gourmet.      Strain the seeds using a colander.

Photo of Charis blotting the water off of pumpkin seeds for a blog post on baked pumpkin seeds on S.A.T.gourmet.      Transfer the seeds to a sheet pan & blot off the                                                   excess water using a paper towel.

Photo of olive oil for blog post on baked pumpkin seeds for S.A.T.gourmet.      Lightly drizzle olive oil on the seeds.

Photo of black pepper for blog post on baked pumpkin seeds for S.A.T.gourmet.      Crack black pepper on the seeds, to taste.

Photo of spices for blog post on baked pumpkin seeds on S.A.T.gourmet.      Sprinkle spices on the seeds. I decided to use salt for                                                    one half & garlic powder + cayenne pepper for the                                                     other half.

Photo of baked pumpkin seeds for blog post on S.A.T.gourmet.      Bake the seeds at 400ºF for about 15 – 20                                                     minutes, tossing occasionally. Let cool and serve.

Pumpkins CHARACTERIZE Halloween, but it wasn’t always that way. Prior to the 19th century, turnips were carved into jack-o’-lanterns in Ireland and Scotland. Americans prefer pumpkins over turnips for their festive color and because they are CAPACIOUS, which makes them much easier to carve.

CHARACTERIZE (verb): to describe distinctively

CAPACIOUS (adjective): large

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