It’s that time of the year when leaves turn beautiful warm colors of reds, yellows, and golden, and of course, it is pumpkin time! Whether you like to carve it for Halloween or decorate your house and garden with it, for sure, you should also use Pumpkin in your cooking.
This sweet, with an earthy taste and a dense texture, is very versatile: from starter to dessert, pumpkin can make a delicious dish.
My favorite way to cook it is to roast it at around 200 degrees Celsius for about 45-55 minutes. If you cut it into small cubes, that time can go to around 30 minutes. To check if it’s done just use a fork. There should be no resistance. The roasting process brings out the sweetness in the pumpkin. Before putting the cubed pumpkin in the oven I like to drizzle some oil, salt, and chili flakes. You can serve this as a side dish as-is, or you can take it further: mash it, puree it for a pie, and even make a soup by blending it together with a vegetable broth.
If you want to get more from your pumpkin consider adding some cinnamon and nutmeg or take the herb route with rosemary and sage.
Don’t forget about the pumpkin seeds! I love to drizzle them with maple syrup, chili flakes, and a dash of salt and put them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Don’t drench the seeds in syrup, otherwise, they will not have time to get crunchy. A perfect snack, or topping for your salads or fall-ready soups!
*An earlier version of these tips was shared in the HowDo blog.