Saturday, November 3, 2012

Roasted Pumpkin - How to roast a pumpkin - a pictorial

Halloween time is synonymous with pumpkin and wondering what to do with all that pumpkin. When the DDs were younger they took visits to the pumpkin patch and brought home pumpkins but these days unless I buy them there is no reason for the huge pumpkins to make their way to our house. The huge pumpkins seem a waste to buy, carve and then throw away. Anyway these pumpkins huge, not as sweet and stringy but they do have a lot of pulp.

DD2 and I made a visit to the local grocery store the day before Halloween and day after hurricane Sandy had upended our lives (but not as much as they did to people in NY and NJ). I had to pick up a few essentials. DD2 looked at the pumpkins and wanted one for carving. As I was explaining to her why I will not be buying a pumpkin, the store employee said the pumpkins were free and gave me a look that said I had no reason to refuse anymore. So, I picked 2, one for the DDs to carve and the other to cook with.

The firs step was to roast the pumpkins. Save the seeds while cleaning the pumpkins and the roasted pulp will be used in 2 recipes coming soon.

How to roast a pumpkin
Preheat the oven to 400F. Wash the pumpkin before starting to chop.

Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Clean the seeds and save them.

Cut the half of the pumpkin into 8 wedges.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the pumpkins on the sheet cut side down. Bake for 25 minutes.

The total baking time is about 50 minutes. Half way flip the pumpkin so the skin side goes on the bottom.

Bake skin side down for another 25 minutes.

The pumpkin is done roasting when you stick a knife and there is no resistance.

Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp.


  1. Glad to know that Sandy did not impact you all too much. It's so sad to see how much damage it has done to NJ and NY :-(
    Interesting post and very topical :)

  2. nice post and glad sandy was not that punishing in your area! Cheers

  3. Good to know that Sandy didnt damaged your area,thank god. I do the same way too for roasting pumpkins,useful post.


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