Warning: make a LOT of these. You will eat them all. You will burn your mouth tasting one out of the oven then burn it again because you can’t believe these are so good. Yeah, yeah, they are just roasted pumpkin seeds. Try them. Just once. You’ll see.
Sometimes I put together recipes from the ingredients that are freshest and calling out to me. Sometimes I just use whatever I have around. And sometimes it comes from a craving. It wasn’t even fall when I first bought a fresh pumpkin. I just couldn’t wait to let my son get his little hands in the gunky insides and play around.
What a wonderful sensory experience for him! He even fed some of the guts to Meatball who did NOT mind AT ALL.
We had fun digging out the pumpkin, sitting near the herb garden where the rosemary is growing like a crazy fragrant octopus that is trying to strangle all the other herbs. The smell of rosemary was the jumping off point here. I just love rosemary with a hint of sweetness so thus this highly addictive recipe was born!
Sweet and Salty Rosemary Pumpkin Seeds
Makes 1 cup
- 1 cup freshly-harvested pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Rinse seeds under cold water until they are no longer sticky. Dry well and add them to a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Stir to coat and spread the seeds on baking sheets.
Roast for 15-20 minutes, removing after 10 minutes to shake the pan and move the seeds around a bit, flipping some of the crispier ones. Remove from oven when they are golden brown.
Allow them to cool before you start snacking.