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Roasted/Fried Squash Seeds

I've been trying to cook more vegetables and this snack alone makes it worth it to me to cook winter squash. I only wish I could find a store that still sold fresh pumpkins. We've fried up seeds from pumpkins, spaghetti squash, and butternut squash. All are tasty. All have far too few seeds.


small photo of the seeds



Roasted/Fried Squash Seeds

  1. Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Remove the stringy pulp from the seeds as best you can.
  2. Soak the seeds in salty water overnight.
  3. Heat some vegetable oil over medium heat. When hot, add the seeds.
  4. Shake the pan a bit and cover. Keep shaking or stirring occasionally to keep it from burning. Fry them until they shells turn a light brown. They might start popping out of the pan so keep a lid handy.
  5. When done, you can add a little more salt if you like. Let cool on a paper towel and then eat. There's only enough for a snack really. Too bad.



photo of the fried seeds


Mostly following this recipe
thread in vegrecipes




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Every Halloween growing up, we'd end up taking all the pumpkin seeds, spreading them on a cookie sheet, and baking them with salt (and I think, sometimes, butter).

In Russia and here in the middle east, when i see pumpkin seeds they're large, white, papery affairs. I don't recognize them. They taste the same, but everyone peels all the white paper off ---- I don't, I eat them just like pumpkin seeds in the US. But they're different. I keep wondering what this is all about!

(We just got a bunch of pumpkin seeds because Tash has been getting muscle cramps recently, and pumpkin seeds are the single most concentrated source of magnesium available. The muscle cramps are from a calcium vs. magnesium imbalance.)

I'd like to try the papery kinds of pumpkin seeds. I roasted up pumpkin seeds as well as butternut squash seeds and the pumpkin seeds were far lighter and crisper than the butternut squash seeds had been. I think they had the thinner shells? Not sure. But I preferred the pumpkin seeds so the idea of papery seeds sounds promising for even more crispness. Nice to think these are good for me too. I wish I could find more fresh pumpkins here. None of the grocery stores seem to carry them after Halloween was over.

I've learned that these seeds are much better if you shell them. Problem is, I'm too clumsy to shell them. My wife does it fast; I'm so slow that I simply won't bother. But sometimes we're sitting together and she's eating the seeds, she'll shell dozens for me and they're so much better.

She admonished me a couple times for eating the seeds without shelling them, she insists they're dirty.

huh. That's like my dad and watermelon seeds. My mom, sisters, and I would sometimes team up to shell a bunch of watermelon seeds for my dad. :)

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