Now that Halloween is over please do not throw away your decorative pumpkins – make up scrumptious dishes with them and I have many of them for you to try! The best pumpkins to use for your dishes are: Cinderella, Fairytale, Jarradale and pie pumpkins. The carving kind generally are not great and probably are moldy from carving them as a decoration for Halloween. I know mine are!
The larger pumpkins will yield quite a bit of flesh to make your dishes. If you are pumpkined out make desserts for kids’ school staff and/or teachers, office staff, an entree for friends or someone in need.
You’ll notice I feature fresh and canned pumpkins in the following recipes. Many people like the convenience and availability of the canned variety. It’s up to you. For a step-by-step guide to cutting ornamental pumpkins see How to Cut Pumpkins for Baking and Cooking.
Grandma Helen’s Pumpkin Bread (canned pumpkin)
Pumpkin Cheesecake (canned pumpkin)
Pumpkin Bars with a Cream Cheese Frosting
And finally—don’t discard the pumpkin seeds. You can make a variety of flavored pumpkin seeds: Try a traditional version – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds or a spicy version – Spicy Chipotle Chili Pepper and Black Pepper Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. But don’t stop there—use your imagination and make your own special seasonal snack.