Pumpkin is generally considered a fall food although it can be cooked any time of the year and be equally tasty. Recipes vary from sweet to savory, from cakes to soups, and from puree to pumpkin seeds. How to cook pumpkin so that it will delight your folks? We’ve got 9 nice ideas to try!
Choosing a Perfect Pumpkin
When picking a pumpkin, there are four major factors to take into account:
- Size. It’s better to cook small pumpkins, however, when carving, it’s easier to work with medium-sized ones.
- Sound. To check if the pumpkin is ripe or not, knock on it. Do you hear a hollow sound? Pick it immediately!
- Weight. Choose the pumpkin that feels heavy and is hard to touch.
- Surface. It would be better if your pumpkin had no blemishes or brown spots. You can also press its bottom with a thumbnail – a ripe one won’t be easily scratched.
Pumpkin Seeds – Use Or Discard?
It’s a fairly ill-judged decision to get rid of pumpkin seeds that contain lots of vitamins, iron, and zinc; besides, they possess anti-diabetic properties, antioxidants, and tryptophan which is good for a sound sleep. Try this Spiced Pumpkin Seeds recipe or just add them to one of your fave salad dressings.
Sweet Pumpkin Recipes
You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to cook a delicious Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake, an easy and moist Pumpkin Cake, or please your dear ones with these autumnal Easy Pumpkin Pancakes. They are all relatively easy to prepare and will become a healthier alternative to the common all-purpose flour-based variations.
Savory Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin dishes can be both sweetened and spicy, and it’s hard to say which of them are more delectable. Why not try them all then? Start with the easiest Pumpkin Fritters or French Toast with Pumpkin Puree as they’re one of the easiest and the quickest pumpkin recipes we’ve got. Then try something more elaborate like Slow Cooker Honey Pumpkin or Sunny Pumpkin Hummus. For a skilled cook, we’ve got the most challenging yet the most luscious recipe – Pumpkin Calzone.