11 hours ago
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I love roasted pumpkin seeds and for some reason this is always the only day of the year I do it. Today, as an experiment, I tried the method from Simply Recipes where you boil the seeds in highly-salted water first, and then roast at 400F. This provides a "more balanced salt distribution," as Heidi put it.
The result was good, I will say that. I split my seeds into three batches, one which was roasted with no additional spices, one which was dusted with a mix of ground coriander seeds, ground cumin seeds, and ground cayenne pepper, and one that was dusted with curry powder.
However, I learned that I don't want more balanced salt distribution! I not only love the look of the salt crystals on the roasted seeds, I love the haphazard explosion of salt you get when you pop one (or 10) in your mouth. So in future I am going back to my usual method of cleaning the seeds, seasoning them, and roasting them at 375F in a touch of olive oil.
Happy Halloween ya'll. I hope you had a fun one. Below are the two victims who gave up their seeds for our enjoyment. I love the little guy on the left -- he was modeled after a pumpkin drawing that munchkin gave to me.