:: Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

October 31, 2009 at 4:41 pm 8 comments

I’m in Sweden until Monday and I had planned a few more Halloween recipes to stick up on the blog, unfortunately the combination of loosing my power adaptor and lots of travelling meant that I didn’t get round to actually posting them.  Sweden doesn’t really celebrate Halloween and it is seen mainly as an American holiday but seeing as I grew up with the tradition of carving pumpkins, I thought it was high time my Swedish friends got their carve on!

Sofie and I spent the day yesterday searching for the perfect pumpkins to bring over to her little cousins who were very excited at the idea of gutting the pumpkins!  In fairness to Sweden they have a great selection of pumpkins on offer and it’s not all the generic ones we get in the supermarket in Ireland.

After a lot of searching and mini breakdown from Sofie, we finally found two big fat orange pumpkins!  It was lots of fun carving the pumpkins with Niklas and Jonas but my favourite part of the whole process is making these delicious toasted seeds!

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

These seeds are my perfect little alloween snack and they are far more healthy than your average Halloween treats!  Try experimenting with flavours, I have yet to make a sweet version of these but I’m pretty sure they would work good too.

Serves about 4 people as a snack
The seeds of 2 pumpkins
3 tablespoons of melted butter
2 teaspoons of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of sea salt

Remove the seeds from the pumpkin, place in a colander and rinse with water until they are clean.
Shake off any excess water and place the seeds on a dry tea towel and pat dry.
Place the seeds in a large roasting tray and pour over the melted butter.
Sprinkle the seeds with the chilli powder, cayenne pepper and sea salt.
Toss the seeds until they are all thoroughly coated.
Place in the oven to toast for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool, though to be honest sometimes they taste the best straight out of the oven!  Just watch out for burned fingers!


Entry filed under: cayenne pepper, chilli, halloween, pumkins.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Magi Glucker  |  November 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

    I like your blog.
    Your photos are wonderful / the Spicy Pumpkin Seeds looks greate.

    Magi – Israel

  • 2. thebenroberts  |  November 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Looks good. Where bouts in Sweden are you? I'm in Lund at the moment, students celebrate halloween quite a bit!

  • 3. James  |  November 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Was thinking your pumpkin/ pancetta risotto would be good with toasted seeds….. and then here they are.

    Maple syrup toasted pumpkins seeds – for the canadian fans.

  • 4. foodandmoodblog  |  November 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Pumpkin seeds contain healthy omega-3s, amino acids and vitamins that help protect against depression! Now that's a good mood food!

  • 5. Sudeshna  |  November 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

    The pumpkin seeds in my kitchen always goes to dust bin, but from now on, they won't. That's really a very simple and easy recipe, wish you and your family a very happy Halloween.

  • 6. laura  |  November 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I hope you set the Swedes straight about Hallowe'en being an Irish/Celtic festival, brought to America by the Irish emmigrants. 🙂

  • 7. James  |  November 2, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Food and mood blog – that's a nice name don't you think. Almost as good as Cotswoldfood.co.uk. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery no?

  • 8. Lauren  |  November 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I made similarly spicy roasted pumpkin seeds with curry powder, which were yum, so can imagine these would be great too. Great photos!


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