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Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Next time you carve a jack-o-lantern or cook a pumpkin for pie filling, save those seeds.
The following easy, fun recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds is sure to impress not only your friends, but all those little goblins in your life, too.

You'll need:

* 2 cups of Pumpkin seeds

* 1 quart of water

* 2 tablespoons salt

* 1 tablespoon melted butter or oil

Remove any remaining pumpkin flesh by rubbing seeds with your fingers while soaking them in a large bowl of water. (You may also leave the pumpkin attached for added flavor and nutrition, if you prefer). Dry the seeds on a paper towel and coat lightly with cooking oil or melted butter and salt. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until they reach a light golden brown color, turning occasionally during cooking.

That's it! How easy is that? Once the seeds have cooled, you can store them in an airtight plastic container to save for later, though they're so tasty right out of the oven, you might not have many left to store. For a yummy variation, try substituting salt with an equal measure of apple pie spice, or a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, with a dash of cloves or pumpkin pie spice.

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