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I love Fall. One of the reasons I love this time of year is that the little sugar pumpkins are ready to harvest. This is the only time of year that you can find them, and they are so so good to eat! The first time I cooked one I was in Utah, and they were readily available in the grocery stores out there. But here in Georgia, it is rare to see them, even in season, in a grocery store. So, the other day when I heard that a church near my mother’s house was having their annual pumpkin sale fundraiser, I emailed them to find out if they had any of the little pumpkins.
Turns out they did have them and they are called pie pumpkins here in Georgia. I bought ten of them for $1 each, and brought them home. Most of the time I use these pumpkins for pies, but I also love to prepare them as a savory side dish. It is a treat we only get in late September and October.
The start of any pumpkin recipe is to cook the pumpkin. To do this, you need to cut the pumpkin in half, then scrape out all the seeds and strings. Spray or brush them with olive oil, and place on a baking sheet. I was able to fit three pumpkins, or six halves, at a time on my baking sheet. Bake in a 350° oven for 75 minutes. Put a oven proof bowl or pan with three or four cups of water in it in the bottom of the oven while the pumpkins are cooking.
Now that you have your pumpkin cooked, you are ready to start the cooking the side dish. I put the remaining pumpkin in the freezer in two cup portions so that I can make pies over the winter.
Pumpkin With Red Peppers and Onions Recipe
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut in strips
1 1/2 cups of cooked pumpkin, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the onion and red pepper, and sautee´ until the onions begin to carmelize.
Add the Pumpkin and sautee´ a few minutes more to merge the flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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