Pickled Pumpkin Seeds

by HEAB on October 29, 2011

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Today, Summer and I carved her pumpkin…


and roasted the seeds.


Following Casey’s advice, I didn’t rinse or drain the seeds this time. I simply separated them from the pumpkin goo and spiced. Casey, thanks for tip – the seeds did turn out more flavorful. My seasoning blend was the same one Mama Pea uses for her Dill Pickle French Fry recipe. To make dill pickle pumpkin seeds, I simply combined Mama Pea’s herbs & spices with my seeds in a large bowl. I then spread the seeds in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet, added a few dabs of butter (maybe 1/2 TBSP total?), and placed them in a 325℉ oven. After 15 minutes, I stirred the seeds and then roasted them for an additional 15 minutes. I then shut the oven off, but kept the seeds in there for another 10 to 15 minutes. They turned out crisp, buttery, salty, and totally addictive. If you’re a pickle fan, you must try them!

P.S. Thanks to all of you who voted for my pumpkin in the Love Grown Foods Love-O-Lantern Contest. Much appreciated!


steph October 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Omg Summer is so big! that is a great holiday picture of you two :)

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thanks Steph.

Alyssa October 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

OMG, cute little tummy alert!
Sending virtual raspberries.

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Tummy raspberries make Summer giggle so much. Wish you could hear her.

Stephanie @ Aspiring October 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Wow! Summer looks like she has grown a lot!! She looks so adorable :D

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Stephanie, she has and thank you. She is pretty stinkin’ adorable. :)

Hannah October 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Heather, what a beautiful, beautiful photo! Just looking at you and Summer makes me happy :)

Riss October 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I just can’t believe how big Summer has gotten! I have been away too long. =( I’m off to catch up on what I’ve missed in the life of Heather!

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Riss, I know. Her first birthday is Saturday. I can’t believe it. Hope all is well with you. :)

Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 30, 2011 at 12:53 am

You and Summer are so cute! Happy Halloween! ;)

Lou October 30, 2011 at 2:35 am

You and Summer make for one gorgeous photo! Yummo, when pumpkin comes back into season, I’m totally giving this a go, sounds like it is right up my alley :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 30, 2011 at 5:12 am

I voted for your lantern, it’s adorable :)

“They turned out crisp, buttery, salty, and totally addictive.” <– That's awesome and every time I try to make pumpkin seeds (all twice in my life), they never get really crispy. They just go from raw to sort of stale tasting. I wouldn't call it crispy and they are blah. I need to follow your tips and recipe.

And you and Summer are looking adorable. Nice to see a pic of you two lovely ladies :)

lindsay October 30, 2011 at 5:44 am

I think thats my main reason for carving pumpkins. We like to use paprika but i am all for the dill. Happy Halloween to a sweet family.

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Same to your sweet fam!

Samantha October 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

Those french fries are evil! I love to lick the bowl once the fries are in the oven. Can only imagine how good the seeds were. Hmm, maybe roasted dill chickpeas?

Summer is just too adorable for words! She reminds me a lot of the pics of your brother.

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Dill roasted chickpeas? Now that is a GREAT idea. I like the way you think, and yes, I totally think Summer looks like my brother. So much so that it kind of freaks me out sometimes. She’ll make a face, and I’ll think that is Scott!

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

Summer looks so much like you. She’s absolutely adorable! :)

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Thanks Jenn. :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

Holey Moley – she’s huge!! And i love that little top!
Voting now!

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Lindsay, I know – she turns a year this coming Saturday. What!?! Top is from Old Navy. Love their baby clothes selection!

Sarah October 30, 2011 at 8:57 am


To be fair, I think that about most Summer-age babies, but gosh! She is adorable. She looks EXACTLY like a perfect mix of you and Chris.

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Thank you Sarah. I see both of us in her too.

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

They sound good. Dill pickle pumpkin seeds, huh. Pretty clever!

Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

I don’t know if youre eating sugar now, but I made a really good brittle last year with chili spiced pumpkin seeds and it was magical. Yes, magical. I’m now tempted to try it with dill…yea, I think my taste buds are a little intense :P

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Well, I ate plenty ‘o sugar today, and so bring on the brittle! Never thought to make it with seeds. So very clever.

The Delicate Place October 30, 2011 at 10:35 am

ahhh! <3 a great photo of you too! this post sucked me in for 2 reasons. i love anything pickled and pumpkin. who doesn't! i love cajun flavored p seeds!

Ameena October 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

Maya and I tried to roast our pumpkin seeds…it was a disaster. Maybe because we tried to rinse them off? Good to know for next year!

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I’ve tried both ways, and I definitely preferred the no-rinse method. I have high hopes for your pumpkin seeds in 2012.

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free October 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Pickle pumpkin seeds? Wow. Must make.

And ohmygoodness-her eyes! Just like yours :D

cameo October 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yum, thanks for the recipe! I need to buy a pumpkin!

Shelby October 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I really have to get around to carving my pumpkin!

Oh and by the way I made almond butter chili and cornbread today, simply amazing! :)

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Mmm, perfect meal for a cool fall evening. So glad you enjoyed and need to make some myself soon!

Mama Pea October 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Brilliant idea, Miss HEAB. Don’t tell Lulu…I tossed our seeds :(

Health Bee October 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Great pumpkin seed recipe! Looking forward to trying it.

Emily October 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

sooo cute. heart melts. i’m going to steal her. (heablet, i mean, not the pumpkin). wink.

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

What, you don’t want the pumpkin?!? ;)

Emily October 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

can you send her over please, by fedex or any speedpost method. i promise i
ll buy lots of good butter and sharp cheddar cheese, even egg yolks (no whites( for her “P. and i promise the gradschoolmate with whom i’m working in the basement dungeon will baby her like anything!

HEAB October 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Perhaps a short visit, but we’ll need her back soon. ;)

Emily October 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

now.. she’s soooo cute! and she’ll make grad school woes melt away. gosh, that tummy and smile. coos…

Errign October 31, 2011 at 7:21 am

That picture of you two is way cute! Happy Halloween :)

lena October 31, 2011 at 7:32 am

Gosh! Summer’s so adorable!!!! she looks a lot like you! :) )

Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Oh yay—I’m so glad that worked for you! :)

HEAB October 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks again for the tip Casey – I will never rinse & drain again!

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