It’s become a given that whenever there’s a holiday worth drinking over, S and I will throw a little party. Halloween, of course, is no exception! This year we kept it small, just a handful of be-costumed San Franciscans, a little Misfits/Bauhaus mix, S’s signature Samhain cocktail (Hot Dickens Cider… sigh) and a whole mess of treats.

I have a natural tendency to load up on the sweets when it comes to party snacks, so this time I made a conscious effort to have one good salty treat. Had a look around my pantry – saw a little cayenne, a little chili powder and a giant bag of pumpkin seeds leftover from my granola craze of late summer 2010. Spicy pumpkin seeds had my name all over it…

Super easy – started out with about 2 cups pumpkin seeds and spread them out on an ungreased cookie sheet…

Mixed together 1/4 cup melted butter (I’m liberal with my butter, so it probably ended up closer to 1/3) with a good shot of hot sauce (mama prefers Crystal… cheap, sparky and a little bit sweet).

Then I combined 1 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp ground coriander and 1 tbsp chili powder in a bowl. Sprinkled my spices over the buttered pumpkin seeds and tossed to coat.

Baked those bad boys @ 300F for about 40 minutes (stirring once or twice) and called it a day!

Mmm! Spicy Pumpkin Seeds!

Adapted from The Internet

2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin or ground coriander
1 Tbsp. chili powder