Happy Hallowe’en! Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Cheerio, all!  My costume this year is Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.  I found this blue Shetland wool suit in a second-hand store last winter, bought the vintage hat from Vintage Me & Mom on Etsy, and, well, I already have the matching corgi!

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So I will be sweltering in this itchy and unflattering getup (the suit is super bulky) all day at the office, but it’s worth it because it means I get to enjoy the office Hallowe’en lunch!

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Did you say LUNCH?

Until then, we’ve been snacking on roasted pumpkin seeds leftover from our pumpkin-off the other day.

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The first thing you need to do is separate the stringy orange stuff from the seeds themselves. You can leave it on, and it will add to the flavour, but it tends to burn. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a strainer and run water over them.  Or fill the bowl they’re in with water and filter them out with your fingers. Then dump the seeds into a towel and dry them off.

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Preheat your oven to 350°F and haul out a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan. In a large bowl, toss your pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Then add whatever spices or herbs or what have you that you’d like. I went with a sprinkle of sea salt, some freshly ground black pepper, and some grated parmesan I had left over in the fridge. Make sure all those lovely ingredients get all over everything.

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Spread them out on your baking sheet so they’re in a single layer and roast for about 30 minutes. I made sure to stir them around about every 10 minutes.

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If you find them a little oily when they come out of the oven, dump them on some paper towels to absorb some of the butter before serving.

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Here they are, fresh from the oven and ready for snacking!

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

16 thoughts on “Happy Hallowe’en! Roasted Pumpkin Seeds”

  1. Great get-up, Ali! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s “Take Your Dog To Work” day at your office!
    Cheerio, my Deario!
    Pip, Pip and all that.
    Ta-Ta for now.
    Remember to Keep Calm and Carry On.
    Don’t forget your gloves!

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    1. Haha, I wish. Despite everyone here telling me I should have brought him today, HR didn’t think it was a good idea when I floated it a few weeks ago … Also I left the gloves at home so I didn’t get lasagna on them.

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      1. Yes, lasagna on one’s gloves is definitely a social faux pas. I suppose that lets Kentucky Fried Chicken out, too. Sometimes it’s just more fun to be a commoner! 🙂

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      1. Why don’t you and the hubs each go as half a hot dog bun, with Gren all snuggled up and toasty in the middle? He *might* condescend to be part of that scenario. I’m not sure how he would feel about the mustard and ketchup though. Probably wouldn’t relish it. 😉

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  2. What a fantastic costume idea! I love the first photo, you look just like a queen, if I had to say so myself. I really appreciate a clever and thought out costume like that. Cheers!

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