A pumpkin is required Halloween decoration. But for Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst, they’re also a great ingredient for cooking and baking. She brings pumpkin soup, pumpkin risotto and a pumpkin pudding for hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to share.
To make this gorgeous orange soup, look for small sugar pumpkins — such as Baby Bear, Wee-B-Little, Cinderella or Long Island Cheese, to name just a few — as opposed to Halloween carving pumpkins. Top each serving with a fried sage leaf or two.
This soup is an adaptation of one from my book, “Soup Swap” (Chronicle Books).
Serves 4 to 8.
You can use this technique — frying whole leaves in hot oil — with any type of fresh herb, but sage and parsley work particularly well. The herbs must be free of any grit and thoroughly dry before frying.
Makes enough to garnish 8 servings.
Puddings are so simple to make and provide large doses of comfort. This pudding has a simple, thin gingersnap crust baked in the bottom of a ramekin or Mason jar, and then a pumpkin batter poured on top.
You can serve warm from the oven, or refrigerated. The pudding can be made a day ahead of time if serving cold.
P.S. You can use good organic, canned pureed pumpkin here!
*Ground the cookies in a blender or food processor or place in a tightly sealed plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin.
This is the ultimate comfort food for autumn — creamy and savory with chunks of peeled pumpkin.
Risotto is quite simple but takes a little patience. You want to stir the rice quite a bit and slowly incorporate the stock. If you’re really short on time you can use canned organic pumpkin puree, but the chunks of fresh-peeled pumpkin are really worth the effort.
*Use a 2-pound sugar pumpkin. Peel the skin off, remove the stringy parts and seeds and cut into 1/2-inch chunks.
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