Here is a guest post from MoneyTalkNews.com that I thought would be great to share.
Don’t buy a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern and just eat the cost – save money by eating the pumpkin. Here are some cheap and simple options beyond pumpkin pie.
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Making your own roasted pumpkin seeds is great to do while carving a pumpkin. Find out more…
Homemade pumpkin butter is delicious on toast, scones, and pancakes – and can also be used in cocktail recipes (see below). To make your own, start with fresh pumpkin puree, then add spices and flavorings.
First, the pumpkin puree…
Cut a pumpkin in half and remove seeds and strings. Place the cut side face-down on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until fork-tender. After the pumpkin cools, scrape out the soft flesh, discarding the skin. Place the cooked pumpkin in a blender or food processor and blend till smooth. (If the mixture is too thick to blend, thin it out with a bit of apple cider or water.)
Now for the pumpkin butter… get the recipe here
Falling leaf fizz
After all this hard work turning your pumpkins into something delicious, reward yourself with a festive cocktail. I got this recipe from a friend. It uses pumpkin butter like the recipe above, which gives the drink a natural pumpkin taste…
1 part Grey Goose La Poire vodka (or some other pear-flavored vodka, if you can find it)
4 parts of sparkling wine
Dash of simple syrup
1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin butter
Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
dried apple chip for garnish
Place vodka, pumpkin butter, spice, and syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass.
Stir well. Top with sparkling wine and garnish.
Pumpkin Bowl or Serving Dish
Using smaller pumpkins as serving bowls is a festive way to add a special touch to any party. If you’re serving a soup course – especially if it’s pumpkin soup – give this idea a try. Medium pumpkins can also be used as a serving dish for a dip at a party.
To prepare a pumpkin to use as serving dish…
Cut off the top and scrape out the seeds and strings. Using your hands or a brush, lightly coat the inside and outside with olive oil. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
This will remove the raw flavor from the inside of the pumpkin and give the outside a nice color and shine for presentation.