If your jack-o-lanterns look anything like ours do, they are moldy and ready to be tossed...and a recipe using their seeds is more than a week late. Or 51 weeks early. Depending on if you are a glass half empty or glass half full type.
Lily pretty much made ours this year. I did control the butter, but she had full reign over the salt shaker...and I'll tell you that girl comes by her love of salt naturally. Lily has a weird relationship with the salt shaker though. Especially the metal topped ones found at most restaurants. Let's just say that her tongue is strangely attracted to those metal tops. Disgusting, I know. And if you dine in the area, my condolences go out to you. Please know that we are working on this habit, but it has been going on a long time and has been hard to break.
Now that I've got Chicago lyrics from 1984 running through my head, here is our little recipe.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Take the seeds from two pumpkins and wash all the guts off of them.
Lay them on paper towels to dry overnight.
Transfer the seeds to a cookie sheet.
Melt a half stick of butter (the real stuff) and pour it over the seeds.
Stir them well to make sure the seeds are coated well.
Salt them and salt them well. Remember the symbol for sodium in the period table of elements is NA...so all that news about too much salt? Not applicable.
Bake them at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes...stirring often.
And for you visual learners out there:
Every year my mother-in-law asks if we're supposed to eat the whole seed or just the kernel within. Every year I tell her to eat the whole thing...because that's what I've been doing since I was a kid. All of a sudden this year though I started to doubt myself and think that we may have been eating them wrong all along.
And in case you have no idea what lyrics I was referring to, here is a little "Hard Habit to Break" for ya.
By posting this I am solidifying so many stereotypes that my husband has of me. Oh well. I'd rather be forever stuck in the 80s than not know the lyrics from one 80s song. He seriously doesn't know any 80s music. Isn't that one of the seven deadly sins?