This year my little man brought me home a pumpkin plant he had planted and grew from seed at preschool. So naturally we planted in the garden together. I wasn’t sure what it would do because I had never grown pumpkins before. Believe it or not that boy harvested his 1st pumpkin in July!! 👏🏻
Here is a picture of him and his pumpkin! He was proud and so was his Mama! Anyways, pumpkins in July? 🤔 Yeah, I thought that was odd too. So I figured I would try to cure it, in hopes for us to have it for the month of October.
Side Note: Curing is a process in which you keep squash at a certain temperature with good air circulation. This allows the access water to evaporate and for a protective layer to form. Allowing it to be stored for months without spoiling.
I had never done this before but it worked great! This week we got his pumpkin out, we carved it, then we made these pumpkin seeds, roasted the pumpkin (with some debate) and made pumpkin purée for recipes to come!
These pumpkin seeds turn out delicious! I really wasn’t sure how I was going to season them but I knew I wanted to use herbs from the garden and the rest is history! This would be perfect to set out at a fall party for people to snack on.
1 cup of washed pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp of meted butter
2 tbsp of shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp of chopped fresh basil
1 tsp of chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp of chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp of crush red pepper flakes
Yields: 1 serving
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, drain and dry pumpkin seeds.
2. In a bowl add pumpkin seeds, melted butter, basil, parsley, oregano and Parmesan cheese.
3. Combined ingredients with a spoon making sure to coat the seeds well.
4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Stirring about three times throughout baking process
5. Remove from heat and allow to cool and enjoy!
These seeds are super tasty! If you don’t want the heat, minus the crushed reds. My boys like the heat! 🌶🔥 These are a super simple way to get festive and have the kids help in the kitchen! Not to mention a great way to embrace and use ever part of the pumpkin and those herbs in the garden!
Happy Fall Y’all