RECIPE: My BEST Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds EVER
I know this post is WAAAY after the fact of jack-o-lantern-palooza. HOWEVER, some of you may be carving out a pumpkin for pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup for Thanksgiving...and you may want to roast those seeds as a nice snack as guests are arriving for dinner. So, better late than never, I guess!
This recipe is by far the best seeds I have made to date. HANDS DOWN. I have messed with various seasonings before, but this was the best savory combo to date. The only thing that may make them even better is to boil them in well-salted water before drying them out to give them even better salt distribution. However, these turned out pretty dang good.
The key (s)?
1: Drying them out well. This takes patience but it is well worth it. The oil and seasonings stick better and the seeds roast nicer when they are dried out a bit. After a good rinse, lay them out on a paper towel lined baking sheet and let them air dry overnight or even 12-14 hours total.
2: Smoked paprika. Not regular, plain. Smoked. Trust me.
And a word of caution: Don't eat too many or you will get a tummy ache. You will want to. But don't. I did. I paid for it dearly the next day. But they are that good, you will need to stop yourself.
My BEST Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds EVER
4-5 cups rinsed pumpkin seeds, dried overnight on paper towels (see note above)
2 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 3/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
3/4 tsp good balsamic vinegar
3/4 smoked paprika. (smoked is key)
(sometimes for fun I add garlic powder, about 1/2 tsp, but I didn't for this batch)
Preheat oven to 300˚.
In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the vinegar and all the seasonings. Pour the seeds in larger bowl, and pour the seasoned oil over it. Toss seeds to coat evenly. Pour seeds on a foil lined baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, tossing and flipping the seeds around with a spatula for even browning. Bake until evenly golden all over and all the moisture is pretty much gone.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks. Practice restraint.