Roasted seeds are a popular snack in the Middle East. Think of eating them like peanuts or chips. When you are enjoying any winter squash, be sure to save and roast the seeds for a nutritious treat. You may be more familiar with roasted pumpkin seeds, which are simply another kind of winter squash. You can roast seeds from spaghetti squash, acorn, buttercup, butternut, turban, Hubbard, kabocha, or delicata squash.
You can enjoy these simply salted roasted seeds or spice them in various ways. You'll soon discover that this easy-to-make snack is a favorite for everyone in your family.
- 1 1/2 cups squash seeds (raw, any winter squash variety)
- 1 3/4 tablespoons butter (melted or olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise.
- Gather seeds from squash, separating them from the stringy flesh, and place in a colander.
- Rinse the seeds thoroughly in a colander and pick away any excess squash flesh that is still clinging to the seeds.
- Once clean, spread out in an even layer on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and allow them to dry. Seeds can be patted dry, but they roast much better when they are completely dry. This is a good step to reach before you continue to prepare the main flesh of your squash in whatever recipe you prefer. The seeds can be allowed to dry for 30 minutes to several hours before you go on to the roasting step.
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Toss the dry squash seeds with salt and butter and place in a single layer onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Place in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until seeds are golden brown. When you remove them from the oven, agitate the pan a bit to loosen them. Allow them to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving as they will become crisper as they cool.
- Serve the seeds warm or at room temperature. Save any roasted squash seeds in an air-tight container for several days. They are safe to store at room temperature.
You can use seasoned salts, such as garlic salt or onion salt, in place of regular salt. You can add black pepper, cayenne, cumin, curry powder, smoked paprika, or chili flakes for more spice. Try different dried herbs such as rosemary or oregano. When adding spices, it is best to roast the seeds on parchment paper in order to help prevent burning the spices.
You can also soak the seeds overnight in salt water or boil them for 10 minutes in salt water before roasting them. This can result in crunchier seeds and may make their nutrients more available for absorption.
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