Friday, November 6, 2015

What to do with the Halloween pumpkins?



Making traditional Halloween pumpkins calls not only for artistic skills but also for a good deal of patience. Nevertheless, carving out a pumpkin, spoonful by spoonful, is one way to spend a rainy autumn afternoon as a family and the kids are bound to have lots of fun.

Once you have finished, though, what are you supposed to do with all the wonderful left over? Low in calories, rich in vitamins, this healthy, tasty vegetable features in a whole host of recipes. Here are just some ideas: 

Pasta sauce
One solution is to turn your pumpkin into a pasta sauce. Gently fry some onion in a little STAR® Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, add the pumpkin, cover and leave to cook in its own juices on a low heat. When it’s soft, add some light cream or half and half and stir until it’s all mixed together. Add a pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper and pour over the pasta.

Garnish for meat dishes
Pumpkin’s sweet flavor also goes well with meat recipes, including roasts, game, lamb and beef. For example, you can make a simple tasty puree out of potato, a teaspoonful of STAR® Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and a pinch of salt for every 2 cups of pumpkin.

Sweet jam
How about turning savory into sweet? You will need 4 cups pumpkin, 2 cups sugar and the juice of 1 lemon, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 teaspoons cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg Cook the pumpkin with the sugar on a low heat. Add the lemon juice and spices and cook for about 40 minutes, stirring all the while to make sure it doesn’t stick. The result: a delicious jam that will go a treat with cheese.

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