Kick the canned stuffgive real pumpkin a try

10/26/2012 2:02 PM

10/26/2012 2:40 PM

Yeah canned is always easier, but never as tasty or as fresh. A fresh pumpkin simply roasted is nothing like canned pumpkin. Sure when you look at the label of canned pumpkin it’s ingredients are listed as: pumpkin; maybe but when was it grow/cooked and how long has it been in that can? Roasting an in-season pumpkin is super simple and can be used in almost anything you can create. Try out this smashed potato recipe that is something that not only tastes great but will give you the confidence to move onto other great pumpkin recipesstay tuned next week for an Roasted Pumpkin/Amaretto Tiramisu!

Roasted Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes

2 1/2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, soften at room temperature ½ cup-heavy whipping cream, room temperature ¼ cup sour cream 2 teaspoons kosher salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 4 ounces goat cheese, soften to room temperature 1 each small pumpkin, about 2 pounds To garnish: green onions, tops sliced thin Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Half pumpkin, scoop out seeds and lightly oil inside flesh of pumpkin.
3. Season flesh with salt/pepper and place on a foil lined baking tray, cut side down.
4.Roast for 45 minutes to one hour or until tender, remove from oven.
5.Let pumpkin cool just long enough to handle, scoop out flesh and place in a bowl until ready to use.
6.1 pound of raw pumpkin yields about 1 cup of roasted pumpkin
7. Place potatoes in a stock pot, add hot water to cover potatoes.
8. Boil for 30-45 minutes or until a knife inserted slides off easily.
9. Potatoes should still hold shape but will mash with a little pressure, drain potatoes.
10. Place butter and ½ the goat cheese in bottom of a large mixing bowl.
11.To bowl add heavy cream, salt, pepper, sour cream and pumpkin.
12. Using a potato masher begin smashing until all are incorporated.
13. Place potatoes on a serving plate garnish with remaining goat cheese, green onions and serve.

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