So of course, its time for a great sweater and some fall favorite recipes. Disclaimer: Cooking with fresh pumpkin is not for the faint of heart. It takes all day and gets pretty messy, even if you cheat and roast it in the microwave instead of the oven. That being said, I definitely recommend getting the small, flavorful pie-type pumpkins rather than cooking with a large jack-o-lantern type pumpkin. I always like to cook with my jack-o-lantern, but cooking with smaller ones bred for pies makes an incredible difference.
Last week I made one of my favorite soups: Creamy Thai Pumpkin Soup.
This soup is great, especially if you're a fan of tom kha gai or other thai food. Some advice, however: If you put all the ingredients in at the beginning as the recipe suggests, it ends up rather bland. What I will do next time is actually cook the pumpkin in the broth, then later add some crushed garlic, lemongrass, coconut milk and other ingredients (its really good if you add fresh ginger, too) right before its done cooking. While it cools, the ingredients will flavor the soup, and you won't lose any of the boldness. Also, please try to avoid the problem I always have: missing some of the lemongrass before I puree it, which leaves it really stringy (a note about lemongrass: even though the recipe doesn't really mention this, you do have to remove it. It won't puree smoothly no matter how long you try).
My second favorite pumpkin recipe is the best one to share. These Easy Pumpkin Muffins are great to take to fall potlucks, family Thanksgiving dinners, classes, meetings, or work. People will love you, just don't tell them they take almost no effort to make.
|I love the orange color that it turns when you add the pumpkin!|
Follow the recipe exactly. The batter will be thick, but don't add eggs or oil. They don't actually need it, and if you do your muffins will end up too wet. I've tried this with Trader Joe's baking mix as well with limited results. I know its bad for you and blah blah blah but it is just best with a Duncan Hines mix. Add walnuts and top them with brown sugar for a crunch.
I also made mine mini, they're better for sharing.