In our quest to get through our pumpkin harvest my husband suggested that we mash the pumpkin with kidney beans and make a chilli flavoured veggie burger and out of that suggestion these pumpkin patties came into being. They can be made ahead and kept in the fridge until you are ready to cook them so whilst it takes a while to get everything prepared you could do the preparation earlier when you have a bit of time, or even the day before.
The picture above shows them coated in homemade wholemeal loaf breadcrumbs. If I am honest, I forgot that I had put the loaf in the oven until 2 hours later, so all it was good for was to use the unburned centre for breadcrumbs! I had put the timer on, but then forgot about it and went for a walk…
I served them with a chorizo tomato sauce, which is made simply by cubing the chorizo and frying in a little olive oil with a finely chopped clove of garlic for two minutes, adding a 400g tin of plum tomatoes, salt and pepper and oregano to taste and then cooking over a gentle heat for about 20 minutes until the tomato sauce has reduced to a nice thick consistency.
500g prepared pumpkin that has been peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes
300g prepared potato, that has been peeled and cubed
130g drained weight red kidney beans (a 215g can provides this amount)
1 red onion, peeled and diced
2½ tsp harissa paste or you could use chilli sauce or dried chillies to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
20g parmesan cheese, finely grated
salt and pepper
a little olive oil
a little butter
Put the cubed pumpkin onto a baking tray, sprinkle with olive oil and roast in the oven at 200° c (400°f, gas mark 6) for 15-20 mins until soft and beginning to brown at the edges. In the meantime place the cubed potato in a pan and just cover with water and boil until tender. Fry the onion in a little oil and a little butter for 5-10 mins over a gentle heat until translucent. Drain the kidney beans and place into a large bowl. Dry fry the cumin seeds over a medium heat for two minutes until their smell is beginning to be released. When the pumpkin, potatoes and onion are all cooked add them to the kidney beans. Add the harissa paste, the cumin seeds, the parmesan and salt and pepper to taste and mash the mixture well. If you have time allow the mixture to cool. Place the breadcrumbs onto a plate. When the mixture is cool shape into patties and dip each patty well into the breadcrumbs. You can now place them in the fridge until you are ready to cook. When you are ready place the patties onto a baking tray and cook in a preheated oven at 180°c (350°f, gas mark 4) for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
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Further to my post about our bumper pumpkin harvest I have been thinking about how we can use some of our pumpkins. So tonight I thought that pumpkin goes well with sage and that perhaps adding cream and wine and roasting the pumpkin might be good. I was going to cut it into chunks but when I cut it in half it occurred to me that if I scooped the seeds out the pumpkin itself would be the perfect receptacle for a sauce, so I simply added the cream, wine and sage leaves and cooked until tender and I have to say that this is a really nice way to have pumpkin. It went really well with the roast chicken that we had with it. It’s hard to be precise about quantities of cream and wine as it will depend on the size of your pumpkin, you need to use an equal amount of each to fill the cavity.
A small to medium pumpkin
4-5 sage leaves
salt and pepper
Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the pumpkin into a foil lined baking tray. Season the pumpkin with salt and pepper. Add equal quantities of cream and white wine into the cavity, add the sage leaves and season generously. Sprinkle the pumpkin shell with good olive oil. Bring the foil over the pumpkin and wrap well. Bake in a hot oven (200°c, 400°f, gas mark 6) until tender. The medium sized one I cooked took 40 minutes. Unwrap the foil and place back in the oven for five more minutes until the cream mixture is bubbling.
To serve, take the whole pumpkin to the table and scoop the flesh and the sauce out with a large serving spoon.
This would be good with parmesan cheese grated over before it’s cooked for the last five minutes. You could also try different herbs, a sprig of thyme would be good or rosemary.
What shall we do with them all?
This isn’t a recipe, but I did want to share our bumper harvest of pumpkins with you. I bought a packet of mixed seed and I gave quite a few seedlings away but we still managed this bumper crop. The plants really took over the veg plot. We have seventeen pumpkins in storage and the Turk’s Turbans (the yellow ones in the pic) are still producing. Next year we will have to be more restrained with the number of plants we put into the garden. I have already posted my pumpkin and apple soup recipe and I have also been making roasted pumpkin that I then mash and spread into a baking dish and top with a breadcrumb and cheese mixture and bake at 180°c for about 20 minutes until golden and bubbling. We will be saving some for halloween carving (if they store well) and we will be giving some to friends for this purpose. We would really like to use more in cooking though so if any one has any good ideas and recipes for delicious pumpkin recipes I would be very grateful.
We planted some pumpkin seeds earlier this year which have turned into monsters and taken over our veg patch. Not wanting to waste them I came up with this soup, which was delicious. I have a feeling we will be eating a lot of it…
Pumpkin & Apple Soup
300g apple, peeled, cored and chopped
(I used eating apples as this is what I had available)
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 heaped tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin seed
1 pint vegetable stock
Salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 200c (400f/ gas mark 6)Cut the pumpkin into slices, removing the seeds. Place onto a baking tray, season and sprinkle with olive oil. Roast for 20 mins until soft. Leave until cool enough to handle and remove skin. Chop into cubes.
In a large pan, sweat the onions in a small amount of olive oil over a medium heat for five mins. Add garlic and apples and cook for a further five mins on a low heat, making sure that they don’t start to brown. Add curry powder and cumin seeds and fry for 2 mins, stirring. Add the roasted pumpkin and stir well so that it all gets covered in the spices. Add the vegetable stock and simmer gently for 20 mins. Do not boil as this will ruin the flavour of the soup.
Take the pan off the heat and blend or sieve the soup. Serve in warmed bowls with croutons or crispy bread and a few sage leaves that have been fried in olive oil until crisp.