Like Native Americans used all parts of the buffalo, we should use all parts of the pumpkin. We scoop out the fruit for pies and raviolis and other dishes, and we carve the outside for festive decor. The seeds, with their pleasantly crunchy armor, are also not to be forgotten.
While they are tasty tossed in oil and spices and roasted in the oven, they also make excellent additions to more unexpected dishes. Here are a few ways to incorporate leftover pumpkin seeds into your next meal.
This recipe for pumpkin seed brittle requires only three ingredients other than the seeds: butter, brown sugar and honey, all very good things. Bring it all to a bubbly boil and pour over a pan. Let cool. Savor the crunch.
Why not cover everyone's favorite holiday-party cheese with everyone's favorite holiday seed?
Crumbles are all about throwing. Throwing together whatever fruit you have on hand, throwing butter and soon-to-be-crunchy things into a bowl and then throwing it all together to bake in the oven. Keep at it by throwing in some pumpkin seeds for extra crispiness.
This recipe calls for asparagus and a mustard vinaigrette, but other combinations could taste just as great and make you feel equally as fancy.
Everyone loves a cheesy, buttery scone, but the unexpected addition of pumpkin seeds will really knock them out of their seats, which is what you want at any successful gathering.
Whether you like granola over yogurt or in bar form, adding pumpkin seeds is sure to be a hit.
Pumpkin cake, cream cheese frosting and pumpkin seeds caramelized in butter and sugar? Sign me up!
Next time you're craving pesto in pasta or in mayo on a sandwich, whip it up using pumpkin seeds. It's a resourceful way to stay in the fall spirit.
10. Do the classic
These instructions say to toss your nuts and seeds in olive oil, maple syrup, rosemary, paprika, red pepper flakes and salt for a sweet and spicy kick.