When cans of pumpkin go flying off supermarkey shelfs and people starts freaking out because there won’t be any pumpkin pie this year, I really just have to sit back and laugh.
Don’t get me wrong, I buy canned pumpkin on occasion but when push comes to shove, making pumpkin puree is so easy (and taste better in my opinion.)
I don’t see pumpkins just for halloween carving fun (I grew up not knowing you could actually eat pumpkins…) Instead, I see delicious meals out of each one of them and the pumpkin I picked up at the farmer’s market was perfect for hummus. Seasonal pumpkin hummus.
Because of the cinnamon and nutmeg, I find this hummus makes for a delicious fall snack and almost has a slightly sweet taste to it (even though there isn’t sugar in it!)
I love fall, I really do!
- 1 medium pumpkin
- 1 can garbanzo beans
- 1 teaspoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4-1/2 cup water or reserved pumpkin juice
- Pre-heat oven to 375˚ for pumpkin puree. To make your own pumpkin puree cut a pumpkin in half, remove seeds and strings, brush with olive oil and place rind side up on a baking tray. Let bake for 60-75 minutes until the pumpkin is soft. Remove from the oven and let cool until you are able to handle the pumpkin. Remove the pumpkin pulp from the rind and place in a large bowl. Mash until all the lumps are removed (you can also use a food processor at this point.) Finally, place pureed pumpkin in cheese cloth and squeeze out as much water as you can (I reserved this for my hummus.) Measure out one cup and place in the food processor.
- For hummus: add all the ingredients, except the water/pumpkin juice, to the food processor. Run processor on low and slowly add the pumpkin juice in, one tablespoon at a time until hummus becomes creamy. Remove from food processor and serve with pita bread!
by Erin Alderson
****This dish was part of my fall harvest dinner party. If you like what you see please go here and vote for me in Foodbuzz’s project food blog contest! Not a member of foodbuzz? If you like food I highly recommend you join- it is such a great community!nzo