Well, you may have one or more pumpkins, you’re about to cut off the lid, rip out the brains and carve a ghoulish face in its flesh. There are many other options to use the seeds and flesh that you are about to throw in the bin, just read on before wielding that knife!!
You can make treats for your family, for a Halloween Party or just tasty snacks.
Uses for Pumpkin Flesh:
In a pre-heated oven, bake a pastry case, using rice or beans to weigh down foil or greaseproof paper, uncover for the last 5 minutes.
Puree the freshly scooped pumpkin flesh with a food processor or blender. Cook this puree in a pan for about 30 minutes, once cool, mix with whipping cream, beaten eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. You can add a spot of brandy if you wish for that special touch.
Spoon this mixture into the pastry case, bake for around 8 minutes at 400 degrees, then 40 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees. You may need to foil the exposed pastry edges to prevent burning. Test with a knife, insert into the middle, if it comes out clean, it’s ready!
Normally cooked and served in small pumpkins, but can be made with the flesh removed during pumpkin carving.
Chop the flesh, putting into a ovenproof dish, with a lid. Layer the pumpkin flesh with croutons, sautéed onion, gruyere cheese. Cover with cream and season with salt and a little pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for up to 1.5 hours, until the flesh is soft enough to mix into the mixture.
Serve in a bowl with a little bread – Great to eat while sitting in a candle lit room, watching a great horror movie with friends or loved ones.
Pumpkin Seed Ideas:
Pumpkin seeds make delicious snacks, consider keeping a few back too, you could grow your own pumpkins next year!!
Pumpkin seeds are a great nutritious product, loaded with fibre and minerals phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, amino acids, zinc also providing a good source of protein and vitamins, including vitamin C, Vitamin E and vitamin K, Calcium, Iron and Niacin.
Clean the seeds whilst the flesh is still moist, ensuring all the flesh is removed. Allow to dry on waxed or kitchen paper, foil or baking tray.
Pumpkin Seed Nibbles.
Melt some butter in a microwave or pan. Mix the seeds in the butter and spread over a baking sheet. Roast in microwave on high level for up to 8 minutes, perhaps in 1 or 2 minute bursts, stirring frequently, until turning golden.
You can do the same in a conventional oven, baking on a moderate heat ot around 350 degrees for up to an hour, checking and shaking frequently until golden.
Season with your desired seasoning, some ideas are salt, pepper, chilli powder, steak seasoning, a little sugar, maple or golden syrup, garlic salt, perhaps onion powder or maybe soy sauce.
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