So far I have made boiled and mashed pumpkin two ways. One was with some sweetner, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. It was a sound dish, but a bit bland. The other version had chicken broth, butter buds and a bit of Ms. Dash. It resulted in a nice variation on starchy potatoes as a side dish for the roasted turkey tenderloin with which I served it.
|We were shocked how good |
Roasted Pumpkin tastes!
This is a new favorite in our house! However, it takes a lot of hand strength and time to cube it. In order to make roasted pumpkin, a fresh pumpkin must be cut up into 1" or so pieces and the peel must be cut off. Then spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray and place the pieces on the cookie sheet. Finally season with the seasonings of your choice, but so far our favorite is a bit of salt and Ms. Dash. Finally, spray the top of the pumpkin lightly with cooking spray and put it in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. The pieces should be turned over after about 12-15 minutes as the bottom starts to brown. It has a very mild pumpkin flavor and it is yummy.
This has been my least favorite so far, but it was the easiest. We cut off the top and cleaned out the inside. Then we salted it lightly and turned it upside down in a baking dish with about 2" of water to bake. I baked it at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes and the let it cool and cut it apart. This resulted in a taste similar to a spaghetti squash, and I think it would be a good soup stir-in as it stays firm.
AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE SEEDS!
|These were toasted a longer time by request so your seeds |
don't have to be this brown to be yummy.