November 2, 2010

Halloween & Old Bay Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I have such wonderful memories of pumpkin carving with my family when I was little. My dad would lug a big pumpkin onto our kitchen table (covered in newspaper, of course) and Ada and I would dig out the guts, shrieking in grossed-out delight. All while my mom took Polaroids and then roasted the seeds. If only I could find those pics somewhere!

After we carved a silly or scary face, my dad would rig up the pumpkin above our front door and hook up a light through the guest bedroom window. He's an engineer, so I'm pretty sure that this was like playtime for him. I was so proud that our house had a carved and lit pumpkin, standing tall and proud where everyone could see it!

This past Halloween, Alex wanted to carve a pumpkin and I wanted to roast the seeds. I can't wait for him to start a pumpkin carving tradition with our little goblin (due in 6 weeks..AHHH!). He drew a face freehand and went to town, while I took care of seed-prep. We lit a candle inside the pumpkin as soon as it got dark and the neighborhood kids loved it.

It's incredibly easy to roast pumpkin seeds, but it does take a little prep work. You have to wash them right away, or the "guts" will dry and it's impossible to remove them. But overall, it's a delicious snack to munch on while opening the door to Wolverine, Harry Potter, DJ Lance, Hannah Montana and the cutest little firefighter ever.

Pumpkin seeds
Old Bay (or any other seasoning you like!)

Preheat your oven to 325.

After removing the "guts" from your pumpkin, rinse all the seeds under cold water, in a colander. Remove them from the stringy pumpkin, making sure to get it all off or it will dry on there. Pat dry with a towel.

Toss the seeds in a bowl with a little oil and seasonings, and then spread in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until they are dry and slightly toasted. Enjoy!

This was my costume...I was an 8-ball. I mean, really...what else could I possibly be with this ginormous belly??