I used them to make a pot of pumpkin soup last night. I originally intended on making a few pies-but once I cracked them open I realized that they weren’t pie pumpkins. Their meat was yellow and they were very seedy.
The soup was quite mild and tasty-the recipe is below. I thought it was pretty cool to make dinner out of my shooting range garden. 😉
- Pumpkin (I used 3 small-football sized ones)
- 1 1/2 cup Chicken stock or bouillon
- 1/8 c. Butter
- Small yellow onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 8-12 oz Milk/evaporated milk/or cream (depending on how creamy you want the soup)
- Salt + pepper to taste
- Large stock/crab pot
- Metal spoon
- Some sort of blender or food processor
- Soup pot
- Cut the tops off the pumpkins and pull the seeds out. Dispose of them or save for baking.
- Place seeded pumpkins opening side down in a couple inches of water in a large stock pot cover with lid.
- Bring water to boil. Allow pumpkins to steam until knife inserts easily into outside of pumpkin.
- Remove from water and place on cutting board. Quarter them from bottom to top.
- Allow to cool enough that you can hold them in your hands.
- Once cool enough take a spoon and scrape the meat from the pumpkin. Take it all down to the skin. Some of it will be squishier/firmer than other parts.
- Place all in a bowl.
- Chop onion into small chunks. Finely chop garlic.
- Melt a couple of pats of butter in soup pot.
- Sauté onion and garlic in butter until soft and translucent.
- Place cooked onions/garlic in blender/food processor.
- Bring chicken stock/bouillon to boil in soup pot and then reduce heat to medium.
- Place pumpkin meat in food processor/blender with onions/garlic–purée/blend until smooth (do this in batches if blender is small!) & add water if needed to help it purée.
- Pour puréed pumpkin goo into the chicken bouillon and stir until mixed.
- Pour milk choice into soup and stir until mixed.
- Heat* on medium until ready to serve. *careful-this soup will scald/burn pretty easily-don’t walk away from it while it’s cooking.
Serve with warm bread and if you have it some sort of sausage/bacon/savory meat.
Garnish with cheese, peppers, red curry powder, chipotle powder, etc.