If you have a large family, chances are you’ll end up with a lot of pumpkins this year. You’ll carve most of them, but you’ll also have extras for decorating. To get the most out of your pumpkins this season, make sure you keep and store the innards. The pumpkins you carve for Halloween will supply you with enough pumpkin to create a variety of meals and treats for the season. The decorative pumpkins will work all the way up until Thanksgiving, which is when most people decorate for Christmas. You can use those for pumpkin pie for the big day. So, post-Halloween and pre-thanksgiving, you’ll have more pumpkin than you know what to do with. Instead of wasting a quality ingredient, read our list of ways you can eat pumpkin this season.
Delicious Pumpkin Recipes
Most people make these on Halloween as they’re carving the pumpkins. Simply soak and clean the seeds, and then bake them. The whole house will smell of pumpkin before offering a tasty and festive treat
You’ll need this puree for almost everything in our list below. You’ll also have to do this with a fresh, uncarved pumpkin. Remove the innards and the seeds. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, assuming its less than 12 inches across. Bake the pumpkin for 80-90 minutes depending on the size, at 350 degrees. After it’s cooled, puree the pumpkin in a food processor. Save the seeds and discard the rest.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
For those who love homemade ice cream, this is for you. You can use Perry’s vanilla ice cream if you’re not familiar with making your own. Simply add 1 cup of canned pumpkin or homemade puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Mix well and freeze.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Add two tablespoons of, ½ a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and ½ cup of your pumpkin puree for every 8 oz. of Philadelphia cream cheese. Mix well and you’re done. It’s that easy!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Using a blender, mix ½ cup of ice, ½ cup of vanilla yogurt, ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and ¼ a cup of homemade pumpkin puree. Some people add a tsp of honey or a half a banana for extra flavor.
Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
Sautee a few cloves of garlic, half an onion, and 1-2 cups of homemade pumpkin puree in a large skillet. Season with minced rosemary and serve over penne pasta.
Made from scratch, pumpkin pie is phenomenal. Try a family recipe or use one from allrecipes.com or marthastewart.com. Both of these websites have great reviews from happy readers. In fact, miss Martha uploaded a helpful video on How to Bake Pumpkin Pie.