Pumpkin kebabs

Pumpkin kebabs are a great way of cooking pumpkin, especially over the Halloween period.  This recipe for pumpkin kebabs uses bacon and pepper to make great tasting kebabs.

 

Ingredients – 2 portions

  • 200g pumpkin flesh
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Vegetable oil (to drizzle)
  • Sea salt / pepper (to taste)
  • 2 pitta breads
  • Sweet chilli sauce (to drizzle)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 Iceburg lettuce

Getting everything ready

  • Choose nice, firm pumpkin flesh and cut neatly into about 2cm dice.  Place in a clean bowl and season slightly.  Mix to ensure the seasoning is evenly coating each piece.
  • Cut the pepper into half, deseed and cut into 12 equal pieces.
  • Peel and roughly crush the garlic cloves.
  • Wash and dry the rosemary, sage leaves and sprigs of thyme.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180° C / Gas Mark 4.
  • Trim an edge off the pitta bread to leave an envelope.
  • Wash the lettuce leaves, dry well and finely shred.  Place in a bowl.

Method

  1. Place the rashers of bacon on to your board and remove any rind.  Cut each rasher in half across the middle to give 16 smaller rashers.
  2. Place a piece of pumpkin on each rasher and roll up into a cube shape parcel.
  3. Take the skewers and push on a pumpkin and bacon cube, followed by a piece of red pepper.  Continue until the skewers are full.
  4. Place the rosemary, thyme, sage and crushed garlic on a baking tray.  Lay the kebabs on top of the herbs and drizzle a little olive oil over, and place in the pre-heated oven for about 20–25 minutes, until the pumpkin is tender and the bacon a little crispy.  Turn from time to time to get an even colour.
  5. A few minutes before you remove the kebabs, place the pitta breads in the oven to warm through.
  6. Remove the pittas and kebabs from the oven.  Put a small handful of shredded iceburg lettuce in each pitta then add two kebabs to each pitta.  Drizzle over with a little sweet chilli sauce and serve.

Pumpkin kebabs – hints and tips

This is nice served with a crispy green salad and freshly made coleslaw.

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