So, we had quite a few pumpkins this year... so many, in fact, that we ran out of time to carve all of them! But with the six we did manage to turn into jack-o'lanterns I collected a big bowl full of pumpkin seeds. To me, roasted pumpkin seeds are just part of Halloween - I have lots of great memories of carving pumpkins, squishing my hands around in the 'guts' and my mom roasting the seeds. My mom's standard recipe was a sprinkle of seasoning salt. Then my sister and I would sit and happily munch on our bowl of pumpkin seeds while watching the Halloween classics like Disney's Halloween Treat, The Great Pumpkin or Hocus Pocus (I still watch those every year).
I always roast my pumpkin seeds too, but I don't really have a standardized method - a few of my girlfriends asked me for my recipe this year, and I realized I sounded a bit vague..."roast them at 250 or 300F for, oh, I don't know, like an hour..." I had another friend tell me that she's always disappointed with how her's turn out - still kind of chewy in the middle. So I decided that this year I would pay more attention, and also work on making sure the seeds turned out nice and crispy. So here's my method (just a heads up, this way will take two days):
Crispy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Separate as many seeds as you can from the pumpkin 'guts' and put them in a large colander. Rinse the seeds under cold water as you swish them around to clean them off. Dump them out onto a rimmed cookie sheet and spread them around evenly. Let them dry out for a day - this helps make crispier seeds, because some of the moisture evaporates before you put them in the oven . When you're ready to roast the seeds, preheat the oven to 275 F. Drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil over the seeds (depending on how many you have) and sprinkle them with sea salt, then toss or stir them around to coat. Spread them on cookie sheets in a single(ish) layer. Bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring the seeds around after about 30 minutes. They're done when the seeds look lightly golden brown. I'm not exactly sure how long these keep for... I usually leave them in a bowl on the counter and they disappear in about a week :)
I hope you had a spooktacular Halloween!