After Halloween, pumpkins go on super sale. Prior to this year, I didn't take advantage of that but now I know there's so much you can do with fresh pumpkin!
Here are two ways I will make use of them:
This is so versatile. It can be used in muffins, waffles, pancakes, cookies, as a substitute for egg in most recipes or instead of canned pumpkin in a pie.
Above is the 2 cups of pumpkin puree I got from my one garden pumpkin (Coming soon: My battle with squash bugs).
And here is the pie I made out of it.
I compiled several recipes online last year. The two I went by were this one and this one.
What I did this year was the steaming method. I used my rice/veggie steamer, cut the pumpkin in half, scooped out the stringy innards and seeds (but save those seeds and see below!), cut the rind off, cut them into chunks and steamed them for a good 45 minutes.
Then I checked them to make sure they were soft enough to mash, if not I added 10 more minutes, then use whatever method you prefer to puree something. I just mashed them over and over like I would mashed potatoes and that was good enough.
My husband and I LOVE roasted pumpkin seeds. Light, crunchy, you do NOT have to peel them, just eat them shell and all when they are prepared the following way.
The recipe came out of Rachael Ray Magazine and they turn out glorious. We each got 1/2 cup of glorious seeds.
Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup cleaned raw whole pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil (I used canola)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small saucepan, bring 4 cups of water, the seeds and 1 Tbsp salt to a boil. Summer 10 mins, then drain. Pat seeds dry between paper towels.
Toss seeds with the oil and remaining salt. At this point, I personally added some BBQ spice but you could add season salt, paprika, garlic, chili powder, cumin, Head Country, whatever your favorite spice or seasoning is. Spread in a single layer on a greased, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir and roast 5 minutes more.
|Raw and rinsed.|
|Roasted and toasted and ready to eat!|