Real pumpkin; eat it?

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  1. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    What do you do with real pumpkin innards? I heard they're tasteless.
     
  2. iceman

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    All the guts/seeds that you scoop out? Blech! I give them the heave-ho. The meat inside like all other regular squash? Yeah. Eat that. NO problemmo. It is however, a very mild flavor on it's own, needing serious seasoning. I usually use sweet potato instead for whenever "pumpkin" is called for. But that's Me, "Mr. NO Authenticity Followed". LOL @ Me.
     
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  3. french fries

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    Clean the seeds, toast them and add them to salads. They're really good. Look up pumpkin seeds for more ideas. 
     
  4. iceman

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    Oh yeah. That's a good idea that I forgot. Duh.
     
  5. cheflayne

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    Toast the strings and seeds, then simmer in coconut milk. Blend, strain and use as a stock for a curry utilizing the meat of the pumpkin.
     
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    I make a Latino style pork and pumpkin stew that is really good.  I like pumpkins that are a little bigger than pie, but never as bug as jack-o-lantern size. 

    To be perfectly honest - it's cheaper to buy organic roasted pepitas than to fire up the oven, sift through the muck and make my own.
     
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  7. koukouvagia

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    I think I will discard the goop and just roast the seeds.
     
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    Toast the seeds on a pan and sprinkle with soy sauce while they're still hot. They make a nice salty snack that are good for salads or just little something for your kitchen staff to munch upon.
     
  10. koukouvagia

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    I've been so busy I haven't even carved the darn pumpkin yet. But I will remember that when I do and share it with my kitchen staff (Mr. Salt and Pepper shakers)