Just finished roasting these pumpkins. Tastes amazing!
This is a simple and easy meal to make as a side dish. Its my first recipe that I’m posting so I’m starting with something simple 🙂 I don’t do a lot of cooking, but I will be changing that this year and also since I have the food blog now. One of the purposes of the blog is to help document and improve my cooking skills. I don’t want to just eat out all the time and write posts about eating out.
I’d rate my skills at a beginner level. You gotta start somewhere right? If I can make this stuff, then you can too!
- Japanese pumpkin
- Salt & pepper
- Olive Oil
- Mint (or Rosemary & Thyme)
The pumpkin we used is called a Jap Pumpkin in supermarkets. Its a Japanese pumpkin in Australia/NZ. In the US, its known as a Kabocha squash. Its has a sweet and nutty flavour. Good for pumpkin soup as well! I’ll be posting up a pumpkin soup recipe in the future.
Hot tip (literally): in some cultures it is revered for its aphrodisiac qualities.
Roasting. You will need an oven and a baking tray.
Cutting a pumpkin
Its not an easy thing to cut a pumpkin as I discovered. So here’s a video that explains it much better than I can.
Due to the size of the beast, you need to cut the pumpkin into a more manageable size. Then take out the core of the pumpkin with a spoon. To take off the skin, peel it by following the rind (i.e. the skin of the pumpkin) with your knife. Cut the pumpkin flesh into smaller pieces.You want to cut the pumpkin into roughly equal sizes. Generally, you want to cut things into the same size so it cooks evenly and at the same time. I’ve done my best below 🙂
Put the pumpkin into a baking tray with baking paper at the bottom. Drizzle the pumpkin with olive oil. Add salt and pepper. Then toss everything by mixing it all together with your hands.
I also added mint leaves as I didn’t have thyme or Rosemary.
Roast for 30 minutes in oven. I cooked it at 220 degrees which may have been a bit too much. Will try it again at 180 degrees. But i’m very happy with the result.
My dad really liked it and already had 5 pieces before dinner started! This is the finished product below. Its sweet and soft. I’ll be trying this recipe again to perfect it 🙂