A Million and One Things To Do With Leftover Pumpkin

I was deep in the middle of my Saturday morning routine (painting my nails and watching PRV’d weight loss shows), when my boyfriend announced he wanted to make pumpkin muffins.

“Great!”I said, “Love pumpkin muffins!”

“Want to help?” he asked

My immediate reaction was:

 

…but, in an effort to be more domestic, I decided to bite the bullet. Plus, he has  been watching a lot of Pioneer Woman lately, and I’m starting to develop a bit of a complex.

Damnit, Ree Drummond! Stop making the rest of us look bad!

“Sure” I responded, Tis the season right?

Since canned pumpkin just “wouldn’t do”, step 1 was  heading to the market to pick up an actual, real-life pumpkin. There, I entertained myself by taking autumnal instagrams

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while my boyfriend agonized over the perfect gourd. Since they were all $2, we ended up walking away with the biggest pumpkin we could find. Literally, it was like, country fair-winning, radioactive isotope variety.

It could happen.

With the help of a wheelbarrow, some patience, and a LOT of complaining on my part, we eventually got the beast home and set about de-gutting the thing.

“You want to do the honors?” he asked me

In my head, I was like:

But deep down I knew that the Pioneer Woman wouldn’t be afraid of a few pumpkin guts. She’d get her strong, ranch hands in there and tear those guts out with her award-winning southern smile. So, I got myself a rubber glove, and was like:

Suffice to say, it was not pretty- but in the end, we got the thing cleaned out, and used the pumpkin flesh to whip up these delicious muffins:

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Only problem was, even after making the muffins, we still had about 98% of the mutant pumpkin left.

“So, what are we going to do with the rest?” he asked “We can’t just throw it out”

Both my patience and will to live were severely compromised at this point, but instead of getting down, I thought to myself: WWRDD – What Would Ree Drummond Do?  B*tch would get in there and whip up some more delicious pumpkin specialties.

“Of course we won’t throw it out!” I choked, “let me Google some ideas!”

I found a website devoted to “50 things you can do with leftover pumpkin” and my mind was literally blown. Up until that point, my experience with pumpkin was  limited to pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, and the occasional Pumpkin Spice Latte, if I was feeling frisky. This website had everything from pumpkin risotto, to pumpkin flavored margaritas.

I found a recipe for lamb and pumpkin stew that sounded delicious, and decided to attempt it. Guess what? It turned out AMAZING.

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Next, I roasted the pumpkin seeds with some olive oil, smoked paprika and cumin:

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But despite these two further recipes, we had still barely made a dent in the pumpkin. I knew I had to take drastic measures, so I decided to roast the remaining pumpkin and make pumpkin puree.

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At this point, I was starting to get really into it.  I had become obsessed with using every last inch of the pumpkin – even the peel. My boyfriend looked at me with shock and awe as I peeled off the skin of the roasted pumpkin for later use.

“It’s for facials,”  I said, “Did you know pumpkin is amazing for your skin?”

“I think I’ve created a monster,” he replied.

With the pumpkin sufficiently disposed of, the only question remaining was: what to do with all of this damn pumpkin puree?

Um.. smoothies obviously!

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I started with this pumpkin pie smoothie recipe and it was damn delicious.

Ree Drummond better recognize!!
Ree Drummond better recognize!!

Things were going so well, I decided to try another smoothie- this time a “Green” variety. This one included pumpkin, spinach, frozen banana and almond milk.

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Uhhhh… guys- do not try this one at  home.

When I told my best friend about all of this, she couldn’t believe my domestic prowess, and challenged me to use the leftover pumpkin for her birthday cake.

Even though I had never baked a cake in my entire life , I’m not one to back down from a challenge- so I got my apron on and set to work.

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I won’t lie that the process was a little touch and go….

 

But with a LOT of help from my boyfriend, we did it:

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A three-tiered, pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting:

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The cake was a big hit at the party (mostly because I forced everyone to eat it while repeatedly yelling “Can you believe it?? I MADE that sh*t!!” in their faces) – and thankfully I have used up most of the remaining pumpkin (I was seriously starting to worry I was going to turn orange there for a while).

Do I have a future in food blogging? Probably not- but I’d still like to think I could give the Pioneer Woman a run for her money.

Question of the Day: What is the most ambitious thing you’ve ever cooked?

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24 thoughts on “A Million and One Things To Do With Leftover Pumpkin

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  1. That is one big bastard of a pumpkin and I applaud your efforts to use every remaining bit of it.

    It reminds of when I learnt in school that the native Americans had over 100 uses for a single buffalo and never let any part of the animal go to waste.

    Of course most of those tribes are dead now, so all that wonderful knowledge is lost and they’re all resigned to using microwave ready meals like the rest of us urban fiends.

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  2. Amazing post. I love seeing photos you took, though you do have a special skill for finding the best gifs. And I always enjoy an appetising post. It’s just too bad that I now live even further from you (for cake shipping purposes).

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  3. You lost me at “canned pumpkin just wouldn’t do.”
    I tried making my own ketchup once. About a pound of tomatoes eventually turned into a half cup of what I can only describe as red grout.

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    1. That is a noble pursuit, but I wouldn’t feel badly about it not working out. So many hipster restaurants are making their own condiments lately, and I know I’m supposed to like them but I always just wish I had Heinz instead….. you can take a girl out of small town NS…

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  4. I seriously applaud you, because there’s no way I’d have the energy all at once to complete this massive of a task. That was a big pumpkin, too. Although, I guess it would be relatively finance-efficient. 😀

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  5. The lamb-pumpkin stew sounds really good..I similarly purchased ‘real pumpkin’ this fall and I was surprised just how much a small sugar pumpkin yields! I was able to make several batches of muffins and there was still left over pumpkin puree. I love the stuff.

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    1. It was delicious!! We also made pumpkin shrimp bisque last night (yes there is still leftover pumpkin) and it was divine. Just waiting for the day when I’m going to get sick of pumpkin-flavored everything….

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  6. My last big adventure was kataïfi, a Greek almond and walnut pastry dish with fresh maple syrup from our woods. The flavour was spot-on but it was soggy, not crispy…and I’m not a big fan of maple syrup. Most of it is still in my mother’s freezer waiting to be resurrected at the next big family function. Ooopa!

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  7. Homemade potato salad was a beast for me. And,of course making beer at home takes a good long time.

    I was taking a look around your blog. I love the new format and features.Your neighbor is so green with envy. Mind if i reblog this one for later this week? Its so much easier than just stealing your pictures and gifs…

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  8. Reblogged this on OUR LIFE IN 3D and commented:
    What? You want more pumpkin? Here are some ideas for your leftover pumpkin from the creative and always amusing BreezyK. From Pumpkin Pie Smoothies to pumpkin facials, Breezy has you covered to get the most out of your great pumpkin!

    Thanks Briana for a fun read as i stuff down one more slice of pie.

    ~Enjoy!

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