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Old 05-02-2006, 02:38 AM   #1
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Roasting pumpkin seeds.

Every time I roast meat with pumpkin I also roast the pumpkin seeds. They are great source of goodness (heaps of zink) and they taste nice too. All these seeds need is just a simple quick wash and on any old pizza tray they get done to golden color pretty fast.

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Old 05-02-2006, 02:48 AM   #2
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Oh! Those make me hungry! I love roasted pumpkin seeds!
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:44 AM   #3
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Roasted Pumpkin seeds also make an outstanding vinaigrette. Crush them in a food processor or mortar and pestle and combine them with vinegar, oil, honey, dijon mustard, shallots, and either mint or tarragon. I'd recommend using a lighter vinegar such as sherry, banyuls, or champagne as something like balsamic would be too overpowering. This would probably taste really good with Haggi's Pumpkin and Fennel salad.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:46 AM   #4
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I forgot; pumpking seeds contain also Omega3 fatty acids just like fish. Good for skin and cardiovascular system.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:56 AM   #5
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Thanks ironchef, will try something further apart carrying them in pockets. I have lamb shanks in the roaster right now.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:15 AM   #6
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I did seeds from two decent-sized pumpkins last year. They dissappeared in just a few days!

I also started playing around with honey-roasted pumpkin seeds, by altering a honey-roasted peanut recipe. I need to practice with the basic recipe a few more times to get it down before I go to do the pumpkin seeds again this fall.

Where I work, they carved out 20 or 30 pumpkins. One of the cooks wanted some seeds to roast for his family. We all started saving seeds for him. I think we ended up with about 2 - 3 GALLON'S of pumpkin seeds. He only roasted up some of them, then took them home. He was cleaning a roasting seeds for hours!
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:29 AM   #7
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I love roasted pumpkin seeds too! But I only seem to do it in October after Jack-o-lantern making.
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:43 PM   #8
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Me too!! The wonderful smell of roasting pumpkin seeds while I'm carving wicked Jack-O-Lanterns is one of the best things about October!!

I like to make lots of different flavors - like you'd do with popcorn. Some with just butter, some with chili powder, some with cumin & coriander, some with garlic salt, etc., etc.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:10 PM   #9
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Breezy,
I've never made them with anything but a little salt. Yours sound wonderful and you can bet I'll be trying a few different flavors next time!
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:17 PM   #10
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I had no idea that pumpkin seeds are so healthy thanks everyone. I usually roast mine in the oven with some cinnamon sugar. I guess I can leave out the sugar for a more healthy snack.
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