Homemade Pumpkin Puree

What do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?  Pumpkin Pi… Baa-Dum Tshhh!! Lol.. I am funny right?

A few weekends ago we went to a pumpkin patch because it was a beautiful day and it is fun! We picked some pumpkins and since that I have been thinking about what I wanted to do with them.

The possibilities for pumpkin puree’ are endless.. but how do I get that from a large raw pumpkin to puree?

I did some research and the process is quite simple. Cut. Roast. Skin. Puree.

I want to share the details of this process with you all, as I imagine now that Halloween is over, you have many pumpkins around your home (if the squirrels didn’t get to them).

I also roasted the pumpkin seeds and wanted share that process because frankly I haven’t enjoyed pumpkin seeds as much as the ones I made πŸ˜›

 

Here we go..

You will need…

A pumpkin πŸ™‚

pumpkin

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Cut off the top of your pumpkin and clean out the inside. Place seeds in a bowl (see next post for how to roast these).

3. Cut pumpkin flesh into 3 inch sections. Then cut those sections into smaller, equal size pieces. Arrange on baking sheet and bake with 40-50 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender when a fork is inserted into it.

pumpkin

4. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Using a knife, remove the skin off the pumpkin.

skinned pumpkin

5. Using a food processor, puree pumpkin until smooth. This took about 5 minutes.

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6. Create your favorite pumpkin recipes using your fresh, homemade pumpkin puree πŸ™‚

*This also freezes well!

 

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Buttermilk Ranch

Ranch

Ranch is the perfect condiment to almost every dish!Β It is creamy, tangy and packed with flavor. It is also really easy to make! After trying my recipe, you will never reach for the store bought stuff again.

 

Recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 cup olive oil mayo

1 pint buttermilk

2 tablespoons dried parsely

1 tablespoon dried dill

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

 

Procedure:

1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well.

2. Enjoy!

 

Want to make this light? Substitue the mayo for greek yogurt!

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