Do you and your friends talk about "flesh" when you discuss pumpkins? I read a pumpkin article not too long ago that described the "Fairytale" pumpkin (a version of a French heirloom pumpkin) as the kind of pumpkin that ... when ripe... makes a chef salivate.
Now that's a reaction to write home about!
All pumpkins are not created equal. We've done regular American-style pie pumpkins.... And they come out alright but need substantial cooking down, so too moist...
And then there was the Silver Moon a few weeks ago.... and that was much better. Thick flesh, cooks well, doesn't need a bunch of water to steam-roast, and the taste is marvelous.
But today I worked with the Long Island Cheese, named because it resembles a big cheese round with waxed netting...
|I love this classic shape in a butternut squash color! These guys make perfect "stackers".... and great eating!|
Roasted... Fresh from the oven, absolutely delicious. Roasted and lightly sweetened and spiced. SO GOOD!
I cut half of the two squashes/pumpkins into chunks for eating... then roasted the rest at 350°, covered but no water, for about 90 minutes... and this is what it produced. Once it was fork-tender, I scraped the meat of the pumpkin wedges into a bowl, added one stick (8 ounces) of butter, a 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon and then added a little more brown sugar.
This part of the pumpkin made a wonderful and fairly big bowl of perfect mashed squash pumpkin, NOT SOGGY at all, great texture, color and flavor.
This was a wonderful pumpkin squash!!!!! It gets a 4 STAR rating! It's right up there with my FAVORITE PUMPKIN, the blue Jarrahdale.
|Blue towers of deliciousness!|
Inspirational author/speaker Ruthy Logan Herne is currently tucked away on a farm in Western New York, happily scribbling sweet stories of faith, hope and love... and living her dream of being a published author. A mother and grandmother, with 3 miniature donkeys, she's learned to meld the whimsy with practicality and have fun doing it! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or friend her on facebook... follow her on Twitter @RuthLoganHerne and visit her website where she'll keep you up to date on what's going on with books... and in Ruthy's world!