Family Recipes: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
The Family Room bloggers recently shared their very favorite fall recipes for families. One of Allison’s go-to fall treats is roasted pumpkin seeds! This easy-to-make snack may be a messy process, but it’s a fun one to involve the kids in. Watch the video below to see how one Bright Horizons classroom got a little messy and learned some science along the way.
When carving your pumpkins this fall, be sure to set those seeds aside to make this salty snack (photography and instructions courtesy of Simply Recipes).
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
- 1 Pumpkin
- Olive Oil
1. Carve a circle around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the top. Using a strong metal spoon, scrape out the insides of the pumpkin. Place the mass of pumpkin seeds in a colander and rinse to separate the seeds from everything else.
2. In a measuring cup, measure out the pumpkin seeds and place in a medium saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to the pan for every half cup of pumpkin seeds (add more salt to your taste!).
3. Bring the salted water and pumpkin seeds to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the bottom of a roasting pan or thick baking sheet with olive oil and spread the seeds out over the pan in a single layer. Toss seeds to coat them in oil.
5. Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown for 5-20 minutes depending on the size of the seeds.
6. When lightly browned, remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a rack. Let the pumpkin seeds cool all the way down before eating.
Pumpkin Science for Kids
You can involve your kids in the process of roasting pumpkin seeds and help them learn some science along the way. Let them help you scoop out the pumpkin insides! The toddler classroom at Bright Horizons at Davis Square in Somerville, MA explored pumpkins as part of their Science Rocks curriculum. After opening the pumpkin, the children inspected the contents using their senses to see, touch, smell and hear. Watch the toddlers’ excited reactions as they explore the inside of the pumpkin: