How to use pumpkins seeds during the harvest season and after Halloween is a common question. A versatile fruit of the species Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta, pumpkins are often treated as a vegetable. Pumpkins have many culinary and household uses; they can be cooked, baked, roasted, mashed, blended, carved, decorated, etc. Here is how make the most of your pumpkins when they’re in season and you’ve got plenty of them.
Start the day with pumpkin waffles. - A breakfast waffle with a pumpkin touch is just delicious!Make pumpkin soup. - Pumpkin soup is warming, filling, and healthy. It's perfect for chilly autumn evenings. And if you like, prepare the pumpkin shell to hold the soup as well!
Make pumpkin risotto. - A risotto is an easily prepared and delicious meal; adding pumpkin gives it a special flavor and a really delightful color.Make pumpkin coriander and green pea filo parcels. - This makes a delicious addition to your dinner menu, especially suited to an Indian food theme. Perhaps make a spiced pumpkin dip to accompany the parcels.
Make orange and pumpkin pasta sauce. - Don't be put off by the seemingly odd combination of flavours - this delicious pasta sauce goes well with meatless stuffed pasta, such as ravioli or tortellini, and is a great way to get vitamin C into kids! Another lovely pasta dish for pumpkins is pumpkin lasagna.
Make pumpkin pie. - Pumpkin pie is a traditional part of the Thanksgiving meal in both the United States and Canada. And don't forget to make your own pumpkin pie spice using homemade pumpkin puree . For the vegans, make a vegan pumpkin pie. And if you're not in the mood for baking, you can always try making a no bake pumpkin pie.
Make a pumpkin spice cheesecake. - Such an easy 10 minute dessert that's also a new spin on the classic 'cheesecake' or 'pumpkin pie' combined.Bake a pumpkin log roll. - A delicious and unusual alternative for dessert for Thanksgiving or any other autumn meal. Pumpkin can also be made into a tasty cinnamon, walnut, and pumpkin cake.
Bake pumpkin bread. - Homemade bread is always heavenly; adding pumpkin to bread makes it moist and tasty. Pumpkin craisin bread, pumpkin bread rolls, and chocolate chip pumpkin breadare other delicious bread variants you might like to try.Bake pumpkin bars. - Tasty snacks to throw into the autumn hiker's pack for energy-filling breaks. Or how about baking some pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies or some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies?
Blend a pumpkin smoothie. - An unusual drink but certainly a tasty one! This might be a good one for a Halloween party. And if you don't want a smoothie, why not try a pumpkin spice shake instead? For the cocktail set, add some pumpkin vodka to make a pumpkin smash cocktail.
Roast pumpkin seeds. - Pumpkin seeds make tasty snacks and they're easily made at home. If you like spice, try preparing spiced pumpkin seeds.
Make candied pumpkin. - A lovely idea for a sweet treat at the table from Thanksgiving to Christmas, this can also makes a nice gift idea. Another pumpkin candy idea to try is pumpkin pie pecan candy, a sweet truffle-like candy nut concoction. Or perhaps try making pumpkin and apple halwa, a great way to use up some harvest picked apples too.
Make pumpkin and apricot chutney. - Preserving pumpkins in chutney will allow you to enjoy them through the winter months.Carve a pumpkin for Halloween. - Jack-o-lanterns are classic Halloween decorations. Making your own is a tradition for the kids and adults alike. Or hold a carving competition with the neighbors!