Pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin recipes – what to do with all that pumpkin!

You are probably in one of two camps at the moment. You have either bought a pumpkin to make a scary face for 31 October and are looking for ideas of how best to use the leftover pumpkin you will be carving out or you are undecided on whether to buy a pumpkin in the first place instead of using a plastic or soft toy pumpkin that can be used again!  Whichever side of the discussion you are on, these pumpkin recipes will hopefully help you make up your mind on what to do this Halloween.

Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

Pumpkin recipes - Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

This soup recipe is for pumpkin and sweet potato soup.  This soup recipe will become a firm Halloween favourite.

Serves 4 | Cooking time 40 mins


Pumpkin and chicken vol au vents

Pumpkin recipes - Pumpkin and chicken vol au vents

Pumpkin vol au vents are a great recipe for cooking pumpkin over the Halloween period.  This pumpkin recipe uses chicken.

Serves 2 | Cooking time 90 mins


Pumpkin, red pepper and bacon kebabs

Pumpkin recipes - Pumpkin kebabs

Pumpkin kebabs are a great way of cooking pumpkin.  This recipe uses bacon and pepper to make great tasting kebabs.

Serves 2 | Cooking time 30 mins


Roast pumpkin

Roast pumpkin

Roast pumpkin is a great vegetable to cook when pumpkins are in season over the Halloween period.

Serves 2 | Cooking time 30mins


Why pumpkins at Halloween?

Halloween is all about keeping ‘Stingy Jack’ out of your house by carving a frightening face in a pumpkin.  Lots of people have tried using turnips and potatoes in the past but have confidently reported that pumpkins are much easier to carve – fact.

If you want to find out more, see my blog post ‘Why pumpkins at Halloween’.

Interesting facts about pumpkins

HalloweenThere are many interesting facts about pumpkins – here are some of the more unusual ones I found:

  • Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins including Alaska!  Antarctica is the only continent that they won’t grow in!
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter, weighed over 350 pounds and took six hours to bake
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water

If you want to find out more on pumpkins, here is some further reading where I found this information: