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September 27, 2005

Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

My friend Laura shared this recipe under the name "The Absolute Best Pumpkin Seeds Ever." I'd have to agree. I'm posting this at my sister's request as she pickles a pumpkin and roasts the seeds.

1 C pumpkin seeds
5 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
pinch cayenne pepper
1 1/2 Tbs peanut oil (I use olive)

Heat over to 250. spread seeds out on non stick surface and bake until dry, about 1 hour. Combine 3 Tbs sugar and spices in bowl. Heat peanut oil in large non stick skillet over high heat. Add seeds and 2 TBS sugar. Cook and stir until sugar melts and starts to caramelize, about 49-60 seconds. Pour seeds in bowl and coat with spice mixture. Spread on paper towels to dry. You will not regret making this recipe, TRUST ME!

I just made this recipe again and realized there are some modifications that I like. First I use about half of the oil than is recommended in the recipe (and I substitute olive oil for the peanut oil.) Also, I prefer the pumpkin seeds with shells on, rather than the "pepitas." Personally, I prefer the recipe with a little less salt and definitely including the pinch of cayenne (which I don't have on hand today.)


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yes, very good indeed. even if i did burn the sugar just a tad...was a bit heavy on the cumin for my taste, but that mellowed out after sitting a day. thanks for the recipe.

Posted by: mtnmama at September 28, 2005 10:35 PM

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