Published on October 30th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan
Recipes To Make With Your Pumpkins After Halloween Is Over
There are many delicious recipes you can make with your Halloween pumpkins once October has ended. Why toss your pumpkins out, smash them against the garage door or add them to a compost heap if they are still in edible condition? Below we will discuss a variety of edible ideas you can convert your jack-o-lanterns into once Halloween is over.
Pumpkin pie is a delicious, traditional American dessert. Although many people choose to buy their pumpkin pie ready made from the store, or use canned pumpkin pie filling to saturate their pie crust, some of the best pumpkin pie recipes are made from scratch using fresh, home-grown pumpkins. If you are going organic, there are plenty of organic pumpkin pie recipes available on the Internet.
Another tasty treat that you can make from your Halloween pumpkins is pumpkin bread. There are a variety of recipes for this dish, so feel free to search around until you find one that meets your fancy. Pumpkin bread can be customized to fit your tastes, using a variety of spices, seasonings, nuts, and dried fruits such as cranberries, raisons or dates. Pumpkin bread can also be made from organic ingredients.
Although not a typical recipe that you might consider making, pumpkin soup is a delicious, creamy concoction chock full of Autumn flavors. This is great as an appetizer, or as a main course. You can customize your recipe to contain ingredients that both adults and children will enjoy.
Pumpkin stew is another rich, flavorful recipe that both children and adults may love. There are various stew recipes available online. Just about any stew recipe can have pumpkin added to it, along with a few spices to liven up the flavor.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
The most basic, simplest recipe to use your Halloween pumpkin to make, are roasted pumpkin seeds. These can be made as you’re carving your jack-o-lantern. Simply have your kids set the pumpkin pulp and seeds aside while they’re hollowing their pumpkin out, add some seasonings of your choice, and bake in the oven at about 250 degrees. You don’t even have to rinse the seeds off beforehand- the pulp adds natural flavors, as well as a bit of a natural crunch when cooked.
There are many great, often organic recipes you can make from your pumpkin after Halloween is over. Not only is it fun to teach your children to ‘recycle’ items so that nothing goes to waste, you also get the pleasure expanding your cooking skills, whilst enjoying an Autumn-flavored recipe that the whole family will love.
What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?
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