When one thinks of autumn and harvest season, one thing that comes to mind is pumpkins. Most everyone carves pumpkins around this time of year, and if you have ever carved a pumpkin you know there will be a lot of seeds left over. It would be a shame to let all those good seeds go to waste, so one of the best things to do would be to season and toast them. It is much easier than you might think to pick the perfect seasoning.
First it is crucial to understand that everyone has unique taste so you will want to decide on the ingredients based on who will be enjoying the seeds. Do not be afraid to experiment, there is no right and wrong when it comes to taste.
For those who are afraid to experiment with making seasoning the good old fashioned standby would be just to use salt. For those folks who just like salt, maybe an adventurous path to try would be to use a sort of flavored salt, or a sea salt for the seasoning before the roasting process.
Another seasoning that is gaining popularity is a sweet and salty combo. This can be achieved by mixing a combination of things such as sugar, cinnamon, and salt to taste. For a variation on sweet and salty pumpkin seasoning try mixing brown sugar, allspice, and coarse sea salt to taste.
Some people like it a little spicy, so here are a few variations of a more savory and hot seasoning. The easiest would be just to use a Creole or Cajun seasoning to achieve the desired result. Alternatively you could hand tailor a blend of spices such as cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, and chili powder. You may also want to try using a taco seasoning packet in lieu of the custom seasoning blending route.
Another avenue for the discerning palate would be Italian pumpkin seasoning. Some of the spices and herbs you may want to try would be things such as rosemary, basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. A great variation to add to the Italian pumpkin seed seasoning mix would be a hard grated cheese such as asiago, romano, parmesan, or manchego.
There is no set measurement of any seasoning blend that you would need to measure out. The whole point is to make the pumpkin seed seasoning according to the tastes of the people who will be enjoying them. Also keep in mind that any leftover seasoning that you have can be stored in an airtight container and be used again.
No matter what seasoning you decide on keep in mind that there is no right or wrong when it comes to pumpkin seed seasonings.