How to Roast a Whole Pumpkin in the Oven
Now that Halloween has past, I am sure chances are you might have an extra sugar pumpkin or two hanging around. Maybe you want to dive into decorating for the holidays and want to get rid of your pumpkins?
Do not just throw out those precious pumpkins! Why not roast a whole pumpkin in the oven? Did you know you could roast a whole pumpkin in the oven because not many people do!
I recently decided to roast a large sugar pumpkin in the oven because I wanted to make from scratch pumpkin pies. We had many sugar pumpkins from the all the hayrides, and orchard visits we took this year to local farms. My kids each had a few, and that may or may not have been a good idea. You see, my son totally freaked out when he saw his pumpkin entering the oven of doom to be cooked. I think I traumatized him a bit because he bring all his mini pumpkins with him now wherever he plays.
Roasting a whole pumpkin in the oven cuts down on initial steps and work that this totally unnecessary. Why bother initially scraping out the guts of a pumpkin, and cutting it up? To roast it whole, all you have to do is slice a few venting slits in the sides, put it on a baking dish and bake at for 1 hour at 350.
Once you pumpkin is done, it will take on a much darker skin, and be soft, and a bit leathery looking. All you have to do is carefully slice it in half and scoop the cooked seeds out (perfect for granola bars) and you can save the pulp for composting, or as a treat for dogs (in moderation). That way you really only have the skin and stem left to put back into nature as compost. Save the pulp for a nice pumpkin pie! f course you will want to puree it finely in a blender and then put it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days! Enjoy and be sure to roast a whole pumpkin up for some yummy treats!