Pumpkins are so versatile that I can think of so many things to make from them. Roasting pumpkin in the oven is so easy and then its so much fun to think of ways to use roasted pumpkin!
I just finished a project for a client who wanted me to create a few Pumpkin recipes for his cafe and that totally put me in the Pumpkin mood. From making roasted pumpkin in the oven to making smoothies to soup to salads to muffins, I was putting pumpkin in everything, so much so that the child asked me “Hey mumma, what’s up with pumpkin suddenly?” 😉
Most of the recipes that I made, the first step I would always do is roast the pumpkin. One can always boil it but the texture and flavour of the roasted pumpkin is so good. It adds a different dimension to any dish.
Besides roasting pumpkin is so easy why would anyone bother doing it any other way and it makes for a fab snack as it is as well. Some spiced roasted pumpkin, a little dip is all it is needed to make a fall evening perfect. Of course, a glass of wine would never hurt.
Though, usually roasting pumpkin is fairly straight forward. Slice or chop pumpkin, grease with olive oil and shove it in the oven. To make it more interesting, one can always play around with flavours. If you are sure that you are going to make something savory with it, throw in some garlic, ginger and chillies. If you are doing something sweet. add in a bit of cinnamon powder and maple syrup. Each one of these combinations shine and take the pumpkin to the next level.
A friend last week told me to roast it with a bit of maple syrup, ginger, salt and pepper. The heat and the sweetness balances so well and I used it in a soup (recipe coming up soon) and it was really brilliant.
So roast a big batch of pumpkin already and check out these recipes made from Roasted Pumpkin.
Roasted Pumpkin | How to roast Pumpkin in Oven
- One pumpkin
- Olive oil for basting
- Pre heat the oven at 180C.
- Peel and chop pumpkin into even pieces.
- Bast with olive oil, line them in a tray and grill in the oven for 25-30 minutes till it browned and soft.
- Cool and use as required.