Cooking pumpkin is as easy as (pumpkin) pie! Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and pies to breads and desserts. There are several different cooking methods for pumpkin, such as roasting, boiling, and pureeing. Whatever you choose, we have cooking times and temperatures for you! Translation in French: citrouille.
How do I cook pumpkin?
- Preparing pumpkin
- Cooking pumpkin in an oven (roasted)
- Cooking pumpkin in a pot (in water)
- Cooking pumpkin with a pressure cooker
- Cooking mashed pumpkin (pureed)
To prepare pumpkin, cut the pumpkin into slices 2 to 3-inch thick, remove the seeds and skin with a large knife. Then cut the slices into cubes.
Cooking pumpkin in the oven
Cooking pumpkin in the oven. Roasting is a great cooking method: bake it until it is tender and lightly browned. Here’s a recipe for roasted pumpkin:
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Arrange the pumpkin wedges on a baking sheet. Brush the pumpkin wedges with an oil mixture containing olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika (optional).
3. Roast the pumpkin wedges in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
Cooking pumpkin in a pot
Cooking pumpkin in a pot. Boiling is another option: the pumpkin is cut into small pieces and cooked in a pot of boiling water until soft. To boil pumpkin:
1. Peel a small pumpkin and cut it into 1-inch cubes.
2. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
3. Add the pumpkin cubes to the pot and allow the water to return to a boil.
4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the pumpkin for 20-30 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender and easily mashed with a fork.
Cooking pumpkin with a pressure cooker
Cooking pumpkin with a pressure cooker. If you want to use a pressure cooker to cook pumpkin, here are the easy steps you should take to do so:
1. After preparing the pumpkin, put the salted water in the bottom of the pressure cooker then place the pieces of pumpkin in the steamer basket. Salt and close the casserole.
2. Cook the pumpkin pieces for 12 minutes (after the cooking temperature/pressure has been reached and your pressure cooker starts whistling)
Cooking pureed pumpkin
Cooking pureed pumpkin. Pureeing is a method that involves cooking the pumpkin and then blending it into a smooth, creamy consistency. This method is often used in recipes that call for pumpkin puree, such as pies and breads. For pureed pumpkin:
1. Peel, seed and cut a small pumpkin into chunks.
2. Place the pumpkin chunks in a large saucepan and add the water.
3. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the pumpkin to cool for a few minutes.
5. Use a blender or food processor to puree the pumpkin until it reaches the desired consistency. If the pumpkin is too thick, you can add a little more water to thin it out.
6. Serve the pureed pumpkin as desired, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
Pumpkin is high in fiber, vitamin A, and potassium.