Oh the Possibilities of Pumpkin

It’s not time for pumpkin pie yet, but here we are with gourds all over the porch. Beyond doorstops and baseball-bat targets, there are countless uses for our festive friends called Jack. So get creative with those big orange globes before they turn to mush.

For me, the smell of freshly cut pumpkin conjures up childhood memories of crisp fall evenings spent scooping out the guts onto newspapers and giving the seeds to Mom to roast in the oven while we carve our jack-o-lanterns. Who hasn’t done that, really? We bet you expect more from Central Market, so here are a few Foodie ideas from our creative team at the Dallas store:

Chef JD from our café makes a simple pumpkin puree to ladle over gnocchi. Simply peel and dice fresh pumpkin meat, then cover and simmer with some butter, sea salt and pepper while the natural moisture of the pumpkin releases in the pan. When soft, place in your blender or food processor. Add a little water, if needed, to thin it out. Brown some butter with sage and stir it in. Then pour the sauce over the gnocchi, and you’ve got a fabulous fall treat.

Chef Fred from our cooking school loves pumpkin fries, and they are as easy as they are tasty. Just peel and cut the pumpkin into thin strips. Blanche briefly, fry in your choice of oil and sprinkle with sea salt. It’s a great idea for a Halloween party!

Executive sous chef Dustin makes pumpkin spice gelato when he gets some spare time. We can’t give you that recipe, though! You’ll just have to come to the Dallas store and try some for yourself.

If you’re looking for more inspiration in the kitchen, our website has oodles of pumpkin recipes.

If you end up with more pumpkin than you can cook, we have another idea for you. Did you know that big cats (tigers, leopards, bobcats and the like) love pumpkins? It’s true. The cats bat them around like kittens with yarn balls and dive right in the water after them, toting them around in like obedient dogs with their favorite chew toys. It’s truly fascinating. (Check out this video.) There are several sanctuaries you can donate to, the closest of which is in Tyler, Texas.

Hurry in and shop our vast selection of gourds and pumpkins before they are gone!

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3 Comment(s):

kfactual wrote on 10/27/2011 4:04:09 PM

Elephants also eat pumpkins. A video from the Houston Zoo showed them stomping them and then picking up the pieces with their trunks...into their mouths they went.

Mary Russell wrote on 10/27/2011 10:38:30 AM

The gnocchi recipe and idea gets my vote as well as the risotto treat. Love both.

Shirley jackson wrote on 10/27/2011 4:54:05 AM

Thanks will try the fries...

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