Finished carving a ghoulish face out of your giant Halloween pumpkins? Instead of indiscriminately discarding its insides, turn those leftover pumpkin seeds into a delicious snack! Eat them in the eerie glow of it’s former container’s tea light (or, you know, whenever else you feel like it).
Pumpkin Crusted Chicken, Fish, and More!
Instead of breading your chicken or fish with panko, walnuts, or pistachios, why not try delicious toasted pumpkin seeds instead? It makes an equally good, crusty exterior, and it’s way more festive too. If you have a go-to recipe, you should be able to substitute seeds pretty seamlessly, or you can try the recipes linked in bold above!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
This is the most obvious (and the easiest) of your options when it comes to leftover pumpkin seeds, but there’s thousands of combinations of spices and garnishes that take this dish to a new level. How about sweet caramelized pumpkin seeds? Or Cajun-spiced pumpkin seeds? The list of more pumpkin seed ideas goes on and on.
Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts, but pumpkin seeds work well too! Pine nuts tend to be much more expensive, and if you’re carving up pumpkins anyway, you’ve got a whole mess of pumpkin seeds for free. Might as well use every part of the buffalo.
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Heard of peanut brittle? Try pumpkin seed brittle instead! This sweet treat is actually super easy to make, and could make a great homemade gift for friends and family too. While you’re at it, pumpkin seed praline might be worth experimentation too.
Pumpkin Seed Bread
Pumpkin seeds add a nice, nutty flavor and texture to breads, muffins, sweet loaves, and whatever other baked goods you can think of! Try it out for yourself and see.
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