When you think about Thanksgiving, you likely picture turkey, mashed potatoes, and of course, pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert that many people love, but that doesn’t mean it has to show up on your plate year after year. There are a few alternatives that are attractive options for your next Thanksgiving meal.
Pumpkin is actually a fruit and not a vegetable. Pumpkins can grow to be very big; the largest on record clocked in at more than a thousand pounds, which is simply astonishing! There are around 26 kinds of pumpkin, and they are available in a variety of colors, including blue and pink.
Pumpkin can be used into a variety of dishes. Of course, it is great in a pie. But it is also delicious in salads, soups and more. For example, pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin risotto are both great side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. If you are interested in keeping pumpkin as a dessert, why not try pumpkin ice cream or pumpkin pecan cheese cake? There is even pumpkin fudge, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin bread! The possibilities are truly endless. All you need to do is search for “pumpkin recipes” online and you’ll find a bunch of great dishes that you can try.
Another option is to roast pumpkin seeds. This is a pretty simple thing to do and it does not take as long as baking a pie. In addition, if you have children over for the big day, this is an activity that they can help with and that they should enjoy. All you need to do is clean the seeds with water and make sure they are dry. Toss them in either butter or vegetable oil and then sprinkle them with seasoning or salt. Lay them out on a baking sheet and cook them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
Pumpkins are actually really easy to grow, so if you fancy having your own little patch next year, take a few of the seeds and put them in the ground. It’s even more fun to use pumpkins that you’ve grown in your recipes, and you might start a fun tradition while you are at it!