Nacha’s Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

My parents are in the fruit and vegetable business, this meant we always had two massive pumkins every Halloween, when my brother and I were growing up. Carving pumpkins became an annual tradition and everyone had a role. My brother and I would draw the faces, my mom would gut the pumpkins, and my dad would carve them. There was always huge arguements over choosing the right pumpkin and even more competition when it came to drawing the best and most scary face!

I picked this recipe up from our first au-pair from France, Nacha, who taught us never to throw away any of the precious seeds. They are so tasty toasted with butter and sea salt. Here’s the simple recipe.

Makes enough for 4 greedy trick or treaters!
The seeds of 2 large pumpkins.
4 tablespoons of melted butter.
A generous pinch of coarse sea salt
A generous pinch of ground black pepper.

Cut off the top of the pumpkins.  Using your hands, separate the seeds from the gooey insides and transfer to a colander.

Rinse the slippy seeds under cold water and pick out any remaining stringy orange flesh.  Transfer to a few sheets of kitchen paper or a dry tea towel and pat dry.

Tip the seeds into a large roasting dish and spoon over the melted butter.  Toss the seeds so they are all coated in the butter and season with sea salt and black pepper.

Toast in the oven at 200oC/390oF/Gas 6, for 20 minutes or until nice and golden.