Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

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I'm trying to be conscious about using and saving almost every part (if I can) of the fruit and vegetables I cook with, i.e. starting a plant from the top of a pineapple, saving egg whites or yolks, using bones for chicken stock... you get the point.

In the process of cooking my butternut squash soup (recipe here)last night, I started to toss the seeds. It dawned on me that these seeds were probably edible.  Pumpkin seeds definitely are and they are in the same family as the squash right? I saved them and decided to give it a shot. Talk about addicting! Who knew roasted butternut squash seeds could be this good?  Too bad they don't sell them in the market.

Ingredients:

  • Seeds from the butternut squash
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Optional: Seasoning ( I used garlic salt)

 Directions: 

PreHeat oven to 275 -  300 degrees.

Slice your butternut squash in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the center section and place your seeds in a strainer and rinse. If you leave a few squash strings on the seeds, its fine. Pat the seeds dry with a paper towel. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the salt and seasonings of your choice on the seeds. Place the seeds in the oven and roast for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool and Eat.