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Pumpkins Beyond the Jack-O-Lantern

Posted by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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We've already addressed the whole Pumpkin Spice Latte craze, but have you ever eaten an actual pumpkin in non-pie form?

They are actually quite delicious, with earthy and sweet notes like most squash. The key is finding the right kind for the right use. Some are great in pies, while others are great roasted and eaten as is or pureed into a soup. Just make sure to leave the jack-o-lanterns for the squirrels to enjoy, because carving pumpkins are bred to stand up to being hacked at with a knife....they're harder and have stiffer skins than eating pumpkins.

All About Pumpkins has an interesting breakdown of what are known as sugar pumpkins (which I am SO using as a nickname for my kids now) or pie pumpkins. While most stores have some small, glossy-skinned beauties that are just labeled as pie pumpkins, if you look you can find some really cool ones....Cinderella pumpkins! Cheese pumpkins! Pink Banana pumpkins! There is even a kind called Red Warty Thing, which is just about perfect for Halloween. 

You roast them just like you would an acorn squash: Crank up your oven to 425 degrees, hack your pumpkin into quarters, scoop out the seeds, rub a little olive oil on the pieces and season them with a little salt and pepper. Cook them until they are soft. If you're eating the roast pumpkin as is, this is a great time to experiment with spices. Nutmeg and allspice are classic, but try Chinese five-spice powder, smoked paprika, or even curry (pumpkin curry is actually a classic Indian preparation). Or, get ready to puree it into soup.

Of course, you can just buy cans of it. Just don't buy pumpkin pie filling for any savory application...stick with the stuff that says "pure pumpkin." The Kitchn did a roundup of pumpkin soup recipes, everything from a spicy Southwest one to a sweet one with apples.

It's a good nutritional bargain, too...only 30 calories per cup raw, and it packs 171 percent of your daily needs for Vitamin A.

Have you tried pumpkin in a savory, not sweet, dish? What's your favorite?

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by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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batjmom
by Sarah on Oct. 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM
I'm not a pumpkin fan so I have not
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Oct. 16, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I've never tried it non-sweet.

kaybear123
by Kayla on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

no

gmadiane
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I eat very little pumpkin but I might give it a try

k9l1c5
by Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM
1 mom liked this

I haven't tried pumpkin in anything that wasn't sweet, I will keep that in mind.

sonnyswoman75
by Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM
I love everything pumpkin!

Quoting gmadiane:

I eat very little pumpkin but I might give it a try

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megandwade
by Silver Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Never had pumpkin as a savory dish.. but I wouldn't be opposed to trying it!

Flaca43
by Silver Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 6:43 PM
I never had. I'm going to look for some later!
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terri76
by Gold Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I have never tried pumpkin any other way then it being sweet

calsmom62
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM
pumpkin ravioli. pumpkin soup.
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