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!Â The best pumpkins to use for your dishes are: Cinderella, Fairytale, Jarradale and pie pumpkins.Â The carving kind generally are not great and probably are moldy from carving them as a decoration for Halloween.Â I know mine are!
The larger pumpkins will yield quite a bit of flesh to make your dishes.Â If you are pumpkined out make desserts for kids’ school staff and/or teachers, office staff, an entree for friends or someone in need.
Youâ€™ll notice I feature fresh and canned pumpkins in the following recipes. Many people like the convenience and availability of the canned variety. Itâ€™s up to you.Â For a step-by-step guide to cutting ornamental pumpkins see How to Cut Pumpkins for Baking and Cooking.
Grandma Helenâ€™s Pumpkin Bread (canned pumpkin)
Pumpkin Cheesecake (canned pumpkin)
Pumpkin Bars with a Cream Cheese Frosting
And finallyâ€”donâ€™t discard the pumpkin seeds.Â 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 donâ€™t stop thereâ€”use your imagination and make your own special seasonal snack.