Taste of autumn: Roasted pumpkin seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds-Margaux Drake

Roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect fall snack and our produce department at D&W Fresh Market has a beautiful selection of pie and carving pumpkins.  Whether you are making a fall pumpkin recipe or your kids are carving a jack-o’-lantern this is a delicious way to use more of the pumpkin you purchased.

Pumpkin seeds are a low calorie snack and are a natural source of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.  One of the most important minerals in pumpkin seeds is zinc, an antioxidant that helps

protect against age-related diseases and assists in fighting colds which is critical this time of year.  They taste great too, so make plenty because they will disappear quickly!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds BTS-Margaux Drake

Behind the scenes.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Makes 1/2 cup

1/2 c pumpkin seeds, cleaned
1 t extra virgin olive oil
1/8 t sea salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Clean the pumpkin seeds until they are free from pumpkin flesh.  Using a colander, rinse them off with water then lay them on a clean dish towel to dry.  Place the seeds in a bowl, add the extra virgin olive oil and sea salt to taste.  Massage the oil into the pumpkin seeds then spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to make it easier to stir the seeds while roasting — and for a quick clean up.  Roast for 5 minutes, stir and roast again for another 5 minutes.  Keep a close eye on them as they are easy to burn.  Cook until they look and taste lightly toasted, approximately 10-15 minutes total cooking time.

You can find all these ingredients at your nearest D&W Fresh Market, great variety, always fresh!