Introduction: Let's Cook a Big Fresh Pumpkin!
A fun part of the fall season is purchasing big fresh pumpkins! I always look forward to cooking at least one every year. Here is how I prepare my pumpkin!
To prepare my pumpkin, I need:
1 cup water
2 large plates
1 quart saucepan
Step 1: Preparing the Pumpkin.
1. Place 1 cup water in the bottom of the pressure cooker. Add a trivet.
2. Cut the pumpkin into big chunky pieces. Discard the top and the bottom pieces. Set the seeds aside.
3. Add pumpkin pieces to the pressure cooker.
Step 2: Pressure Cook the Pumpkin.
1. Pressure cook the pumpkin for 10 minutes until fork tender and the skin pulls away.
2. Discard the skins. On a plate, smash the cooked pumpkin with a fork. Repeat the process with remaining pumpkin pieces, adding more water if necessary.
3. Place cooked pumpkin into freezer containers to freeze until ready to use.
Step 3: Preparing the Pumpkin Seeds.
1. Rinse the pumpkin seeds well in a colander, removing any pulp.
2. Place the seeds in water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Drain well and dry the seeds.
3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
4. Place seeds on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Season with any flavor seasoning that you enjoy. I used barbecue seasoning. Stir the seeds and spread evenly on the baking sheet.
Step 4: Roast the Seeds.
Bake at 325 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until crispy and lightly browned.
Step 5: Here Is a Bonus!
My husband's favorite dessert is my Crunchy Pumpkin Pudding made with my freshly cooked pumpkin! Here is the recipe. Enjoy it!
Crunchy Pumpkin Pudding
2 cups cooked pumpkin
3/4 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
3. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, butter, eggs and vanilla; mix well. In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add to pumpkin mixture; mix well. Transfer to casserole dish.
4. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until almost set.
5. Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over pumpkin.
6. Bake, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through.
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