Is anyone else knee-deep in pumpkins following Halloween? I am actually quite fortunate to only have three pumpkins to deal to this week. How about you?
When I was looking for Halloween decorating inspiration on Pinterest I saw some beautiful photos of long driveways lined in white pumpkins and just had to replicate this. Hmmm. Slight problem, (1) I don’t have a long driveway, actually I don’t even have a driveway or off-street parking for that matter, (2) it’s spring here in New Zealand so the markets are anything but overflowing with pumpkins. Of course I choose this theme, don’t I? So sadly I resorted to three lonely pumpkins on my front porch (I’m painting a sad picture, but they actually looked really good). Needless to say I am pretty happy right now that I only have to chew my way through three little pumpkins not a driveway full. Eeek!
Whether you have one or 101 pumpkins to work your way through, here’s some delicious recipe inspiration for you before you’re tempted to waste any food (tisk, tisk):
1. If you haven’t already, try my easy, delicious and healthy Roasted Butternut Pumpkin and Sage Soup.
2. These Squash Toasts with Ricotta and Cider Vinegar would make a great simple dinner or lunch.
3. Entertaining? Try this Forbidden Rice Pumpkin Salad as a side. The addition of pomegranates give it a gorgeous colour and would make it perfect for the Christmas/Holiday season.
4. Pumpkin and feta really are a match made in heaven. Here’s another recipe with this dynamic duo, Butternut Squash, Sausage and Feta Bake.
5. Lastly, we have to finish on something sweet. The warming spices is these Pumpkin Oat Pancakes make them a delicious dessert or breakfast and the recipe is gluten-free! It calls for Pumpkin Puree, see my recipe below for how to make this.
Enjoy making all these yummy pumpkin recipes!
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- 1 pumpkin
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
Preheat oven at 190C (375F).
Cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place pumpkin halves skin side up on a baking tray and place in the oven.
Roast for 45-60 min or until pumpkin flesh is soft. Bake time will depend on the size of your pumpkin so ensure you check for desired doneness. Remove from oven.
Once pumpkin is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and place in a bowl with 1/4 cup water. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth. If required, add additional water to achieve desired consistency.