Whether you like it or not, pumpkin spice is becoming the fall’s most popular taste and makes the best savory pumpkin recipes.
We’ve forgotten what pumpkins taste like in the midst of dozens of items and dishes containing that distinct blend of spice, nutmeg, ginger, and spices in pumpkin recipes.
Pumpkins are a relative to all other winter squashes and share a similar earthy-sweet flavor. Some are bitter and unpleasant to eat on their own, which is presumably why we began baking them in pies and flavored them with sweet seasonings in the past.
First, some background information on which pumpkins for recipes you should use as well as how to cook them. Winter squash, including carving pumpkins, are all edible, although some are so tough to carve and peel that they’re better kept as decorations. Since they are simple to locate, quick to peel, and filled with taste, pie, sugar, cheese, and kabocha pumpkins are the finest types for preparing both savory and sweet meals. You can typically buy them in regular grocery shops this season of the year, but the most fascinating kinds are frequently available at farmers’ markets.
The tough outer shell is what allows pumpkins to stay so long, although it isn’t particularly tasty. I used a standard vegetable peeler to peel the skin after slicing a pumpkin in halves and scraping out the seeds, but you can alternatively set the pumpkin trim down on a chopping board and gently peel away the outermost part with a sharp blade. You may roast the pumpkins trim side down and scoop out the pulp after it has roasted if you don’t want to peel it.
According to DeeDee Stovel, “The Pumpkin Cookbook”, that has great pumpkin recipes, also uses other winter squashes, that work nicely with herbs like sage, parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram, but consider your whole spice cupboard to create an even greater impact on your taste. The natural flavor of pumpkin is enhanced by spices such as ginger, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, and curry powder and makes some savory pumpkin recipes.
See the recipes for my
Spicy Beef Stew in a Pumpkin Shell