This post is probably a little late, considering most people carve their pumpkins long before Halloween. This year, between Nick being gone for most of October and my parents being in town during the holiday, I just never got around to it.
I decided that it actually worked out though, because then I could keep my pumpkins into November as fall decorations! That is, until our friends’ puppy decided to help me carve one of them…
How could you even be mad at that cute little face? Apparently, dogs really like pumpkin. Luckily, this particular pumpkin was one that we grew in our garden, which was ugly and misshapen and didn’t make the cut for front yard decorations. I wasn’t going to waste the pumpkin though, and I was actually glad that Gunner finally motivated me to scoop and roast the seeds– the best part of pumpkin carving!
I remembered seeing some spicy roasted pumpkin seeds while perusing my blog assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. Perfect!
Members of the Secret Recipe Club are assigned a blog each month. Who has who is a secret until reveal day (today!). The mission is to choose a recipe from the assigned blog, make it, and share it!
This month, I was assigned Hapa-tite, an American-Hawaiian-Asian-Fusion kind of blog by Nicole. Hapa-tite has a huge variety of different recipes, some familiar (like Barbeque Chicken Pizza) and some intriguingly ethnic (like Vietnamese Pork with Nuoc Cham). The site also features a wide variety of fun bento box ideas!
Nicole roasted her pumpkin seeds a variety of different ways: simply with sea salt, a sweet version, and a spicy version. The spicy version was her favorite so that’s what I decided to try!
Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
(adapted from Hapa-tite)
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds (scooped out fresh)
- 1 tbsp oil (I used coconut, but olive would work well)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder (or cayenne)
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
Rinse the seeds and spread on paper towels to remove excess water.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, toss seeds with oil. Add spices and salt, and toss again. Spread in an even layer on a nonstick baking sheet (I used parchment paper so I didn’t have to clean the baking sheet… #lazy).
Bake until the seeds are browned, about 30 minutes, tossing the seeds every 10 minutes. Let cool completely and then store in airtight container (if you don’t stuff them all in your face immediately after taking them out of the oven).
If you’ve already carved your pumpkins for the season, don’t forget about other winter squashes! You can roast any squash seeds: acorn, butternut, spaghetti! Check out this post on roasting squash seeds!
Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines says
Nice and tasty~ Wonderful new twist on an old favorite! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines
Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories says
Totally cute photo of the dog! I love pumpkin seeds and they are supposed to be so healthy.
JJ @ 84thand3rd says
Such a wonderful snack, love the spice combo! Good choice 🙂
April @ Angel's Homestead says
I’ve never cared for pumpkin seeds, because they have always been to chewy and made my teeth hurt. These actually look crispy though and very tasty. Great job.
What a delicious looking recipe! And I love that your dog tried carving a pumpkin. My dogs ate one of our pumpkins this year. I wish that I could get them to actually carve the pumpkin like your dog. 🙂
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I love making my own seeds, especially after carving one for Halloween.
Aww, but the dog looks so cute 🙂 Great pick! I never used up any of my pumpkin seeds this year.
Army Amy says
Your dog is adorable! And I had to comment that we almost always put foil or parchment paper on our baking pans, too. It’s just easier!
Nicole (@hapatite) says
Your pumpkin seeds look great! I like using them in granola or as a topping for bread/muffins too ^_^
What a great spice combo! Great pick 🙂
Hard to pay attention to the recipe with that cutest little dog showing off his talents on pumpkin carving! 😉
but, great recipe indeed, I made a batch of a similar concoction last year for Thanksgiving, maybe I should repeat the dose this year!
The Wimpy Vegetarian says
What an adorable photo of your friend’s dog with the pumpkin. Who knew dogs love pumpkin??!! Seriously I love your src pick this month. I keep spiced pumpkin seeds on hand all the time. It amazing all the things I use them for!
These sound so yummy!!!