Pumpkins are Food!

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.

Pumpkin Recipes
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.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Grandma Helen’s Pumpkin Bread (canned pumpkin)

Pumpkin Sage Sausage Quiche

Mashed Pumpkin

Mixed Greens with Roasted Pumpkin, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Feta Tossed in a Sweet Fall Spice Dressing

Pumpkin Soup

Savory Pumpkin Pizza with Italian Sausage

Savory Sage Sausage and Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Risotto

Roasted Pumpkin Sautéed with Sausage over Gnocchi

Cornish Game Hen with a Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Cheesecake (canned pumpkin)

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Bars with a Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes
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.

One response to “Pumpkins are Food!”

  1. Monster Girl says:

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