I finally got around to doing something with our pumpkin seeds left over from jack-o-lanterns yesterday! I knew it would take a while before I got around to them, so I stuck the pumpkin guts, including seeds, in the fridge after my husband and kids carved their pumpkins Monday. Tuesday, I cleaned the seeds off and discarded the pumpkin guts. I have read that pumpkin seeds can have an enzyme in them that can upset stomachs if too many are eaten (and knowing I have a tendency to overeat yummy things), but that enzyme can be neutralized if the seeds are soaked in salt water for 8-48 hours. I figured this would also give me some extra time before I had to deal with them, so that was an added bonus.
Yesterday, my 48 hours was up. I needed to do something with them. I rinsed off the seeds, patted them dry with a towel, and mixed up my seasoning blends. Then, I tossed a bit of olive oil and a bit of seasonings (I found more is better. Too much won't stick and if there isn't enough, the seed dominates enough that you can barely taste the seasoning), and baked at 350 degrees, checking for done-ness and mixing up about every ten minutes. When they were toasty enough, I pulled them out and ate. I liked all the flavors I made, my kids just liked the cinnamon and chocolaty ones, and my husband thought the seasoning was fine, but didn't like the seed flavor, so there wasn't anything to be done for that, other than stop wasting them on him!
I wrote these blends using "parts" as the units because I found that to be a very useful way to measure seasonings. That way, you can use the same recipe for a tiny, single serving or an industrial size batch for a huge party or long time use. Just use a tiny scoop or 1/8 tsp or something for a small batch and a bucket for the big one. It really doesn't matter as long as you keep the proportions the same.
Zesty BBQ Seasoning1 part ground cayenne pepper6 parts salt6 parts black pepper6 parts chili powder
6 parts cumin
12 parts paprika
12 parts granulated sugarRanch1 part dried thyme2 parts onion powder4 parts garlic powder6 parts black pepper8 parts dried parsley8 parts saltPizza1 part red pepper flakes4 parts dried oregano4 parts dried basil4 parts garlic powder64 parts Parmesan cheeseChocolaty1 part cocoa powder1 part powdered sugarCinnamon1 part cinnamon1 part granulated sugar