What to Do With the Pumpkins
Yesterday, we talked about using up the leftover candy. Today, let’s talk about the pumpkins.
First off, if you carved the pumpkin and had it sitting outside, it got hit with airborn bacteria, and probably shouldn’t be eaten. There are websites that recommend cutting off the exposed parts around the eyes and mouth, peeling, baking and pureeing, and state that it’s perfectly fine.
For fun, you can read about one person’s attempt here. It’s just not recommended.
Some people draw the faces on the pumpkin and don’t carve it. These pumpkins can absolutely be used.
Pumpkin puree can be frozen i one or two cup amounts and used in recipes throughout the year. If you can find a type called sugar pie in your local grocer, it will be the most flavorful for pies, soups, stews, bread, and cookies.
- Preparing the pumpkin
- White Bean and Pumpkin Chili – Scroll down to the bottom to see the recipe. There’s also one for cornbread to eat with the chili.
- Pumpkin lasagna – I wonder if Garfield the Cat would like this?
- Pumpkin mac and cheese – pumpkin is full of healthy antioxidants
- Roasted pumpkin and apple soup – the best of harvest time all rolled up into one soup
- Pumpkin cookies – with a gorgeous swirl icing. This site also has videos to show you how it’s done
- Roast pumpkin and feta risotto – Served directly in the pumpkin shell.
- Pumpkin Bread – the ultimate breakfast or snack. But with cream cheese or plain?
Hopefully you saved the seeds and soaked them in salt water. They can be roasted in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. You can then add a variety of seasonings and roast for a further 20 minutes:
Add spices: Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices (see below). Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.
Sweet Toss with cinnamon and sugar (do not use salt in step 4).
Indian Toss with garam masala; mix with currants after roasting.
Spanish Toss with smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting.
Italian Toss with grated parmesan and dried oregano.
Barbecue Toss with brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.
What will you do with your pumpkins?