How to cook leftover pumpkin used for Halloween?

Halloween is just around the corner and you’re already thinking about the pumpkin you’re going to carve. Choose a wide, flat and smooth one to cut it more easily. Once emptied, save the pumpkin flesh and get ready to enjoy. After serving as a lantern to light up and celebrate Halloween properly, the pumpkin will be used to prepare several meals. A 100% recyclable two-in-one. We explain to you how not to waste anything.

The pumpkin: recycled and declined

Once the flesh has been extracted from the pumpkin, you can store it in a cool place for up to three days. As for its preparation, it lends itself to both savory and sweet preparations, from starter to dessert. For those who don’t know what to cook the day after Halloween, use up your leftover pumpkin by preparing a creamy fall soup. You can spice it up by adding autumn spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric or nutmeg. You can also add a touch of curry. To reinforce the creaminess, bind your velouté with fromage blanc, cream, Vache qui rit or goat cheese if you want more taste. The velouté will warm up cold autumn days as well as a delicious comforting shepherd’s pie. Little gourmet touch: replace your mashed potatoes with pumpkin puree. To avoid losing a single crumb of your Halloween pumpkin, roast its seeds and sprinkle them on top of your shepherd’s pie for a little touch of crunch. It’s the big fall trend that we see everywhere on social networks, the pasta recipe with creamy pumpkin sauce. Pumpkin sauce can also be blended into a creamy risotto to which you can add chunks of honey-roasted pumpkin on top and toasted pecans.

For those with a sweet tooth, pumpkin also lends itself well to dessert. It’s hard not to think of the famous “pumpkin pie”, a traditional American dessert served at Thanksgiving. Widely used in the United States, pumpkin flavors hot drinks such as lattes or hot chocolate, but also donut, cake or even cookie dough. It also slips easily into pancake batter, into the base of a pie or into chutney as well as to accompany poultry or pancakes.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterol which helps stimulate or calm the immune system. They are the first that we extract with a spoon from our Halloween pumpkin and are much more useful than we think! Simply roast them and add some spices like paprika or curry and serve them as an aperitif instead of chips. A nice and healthy snack that avoids waste. If you have any roasted seeds left after an aperitif, add them to a salad for more crunch or to a soup to replace croutons. They also fit perfectly into preparations: slip them whole into bread dough or crushed into pie crust. In addition to benefiting from their benefits, they provide texture and taste.

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