Jack of the Lantern (Roasted Garlic Rosemary Pumpkin Seeds)

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized

After our adventure into teenage superhero land last night, we cleared off the coffee table, got out our favorite carving knives and went to town on three pumpkins that had taken up residence on our patio.  

Pumpkin

Why three? One for me. One for Babyface. And one for Puppyface, of course. She always picks out a small, white pumpkin.

In order to properly carve, you need the correct Halloween fuel. Which is obviously hot apple cider.

Apple Cider

Look at this expert destemming technique. My husband’s list of talents never seems to end.

Pumpkin

Deep in concentration creating a masterpiece. No, we don’t have any kids. Yes, we have a giant basket of Crayola washable markers. For just such an occasion.

Pumpkin

Puppyface supervised. Not having opposable thumbs makes pumpkin carving a wee bit difficult.

Puppyface Pumpkin

Once the masterpieces were planned, it was time to pull out the ole trusty knife and do the time-honored tradition of nearly cutting off a finger. Or, if you are my husband, you just get out your Dremel and create a pumpkin crime scene.

Pumpkin

Ewwww.

Pumpkin

I went the traditional knife and limb-jeopardizing route.

Pumpkin

And the Dremel worked out well. Minus the pumpkin guts sprayed all over our entertainment unit.

Babyface Pumpkin

While we were doing our thing, Puppyface did some pumpkin planning of her own. She might not be able to carve it, but she can certainly be the brains behind this operation.

Puppyface Pumpkin

She feels a special kinship to the one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater. So she requested a cyclopsekin.

Puppyface Pumpkin

And was only moderately interested in the results.

Puppyface Pumpkin

We make a good team. In life, and in pumpkin form.

Pumpkins

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Pumpkins

While pumpkin carving is totally awesome. You know I have an ulterior motive. And that ulterior motive is Ashley’s recipe for Rosemary Garlic Pumpkin Seeds.

Pumpkin Seeds

Rinsing the pumpkin seeds was the hardest part. And once I figured out that the seeds float, and the pumpkin guts don’t, it was easy peasy.

Pumpkin Seeds

Let them dry out on a tea towel overnight. Today, I mixed up Ashley’s recipe (following it exactly, plus adding 1/4 t. red pepper for a kick), roasted away and are in love with the results.

Pumpkin Seeds

Amazing. Addictive.

Pumpkin Seeds

It is possible I can’t stop eating them.

Pumpkins

And possible that I am eating them as I am typing this.

Pumpkin Seeds

She was totally right, go make them right now. RIGHT NOW.

6 Comments

  1. I love pumpkin seeds. I think I need to carve a pumpkin like right now.

  2. This is too funny!! I saw your photo on foodgawker and was like “ooooh I just made the same seeds,” and then saw that you linked to me. :) Aren’t they amazing??? Love your up close shot..mmmm

    • They are incredible! I can’t keep my hand out of the bowl. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Seems I can’t access the recipe from the link you posted. They sound so good and wanted to try them.

    • Hi Martyn : I can’t get the link to work either. Ashley’s blog must be down. Here is an exact copy of the recipe. Full credit goes to Ashley at The Edible Perspective!

      Rosemary Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

      * 2c rinsed + dried pumpkin seeds
      * 1T olive oil
      * 1/2t fine grain sea salt
      * 1/2t garlic powder
      * 1T fresh chopped rosemary
      * few grinds of pepper

      1. Preheat oven to 275*
      2. Line a pan with parchment paper.
      3. In a bowl combine all ingredients and stir until well coated.
      4. Spread in a single layer on the pan and roast for 45min-1hr, stirring every 15min. Seeds are down when they are crispy + browned.

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