Many legends and myths associated with the pumpkin. In Laos, there is a legend that the magic bird warned the family about the impending Flood. People hid in a big pumpkin, and because of this they were saved. When the water was gone, the seeds were planted in the ground, and from the fruit, instead of seeds, people grew.
Preparation for baking
Baking is the best way to get tasty dietary foods and preserve healthy substances.
Which vegetable is better to choose?
There are many varieties of pumpkin. When choosing, you must follow these rules:
- The best fit fruit is round or oval. The optimum weight of 3-5 kg.
- The tail should be dry, better whole.
- Cut pumpkin is not worth buying.
- The color of the pulp should be bright yellow, orange. Then the content of vitamin A will be maximum.
- Peel without damage, dense and smooth.
- To determine ripeness, you need to press on the skin with a fingernail, if not sold, the vegetable has reached the end.
- Hardened (plain, pumpkin-spaghetti).
How to bake pumpkin in the oven pieces
To make the dishes tasty and healthy, you must follow some rules of roasting:
- Peel the skin before baking is not worth it. It is easily separated by sweat, and saturates the dish with aroma.
- The time that will be spent on cooking can be determined by the thickness of the slices. If 2 cm, bake 60 minutes. Thinner - faster, thicker - longer.
- Check the readiness can be pierced with a fork, if soft, then ready.
- During baking, add a little water.
- The optimum temperature is 200 ° C.
How to bake a pumpkin spaghetti
Amazing pumpkin look - spaghetti. After cooking, it breaks up into fibers similar to pasta. Great for cooking many dishes. To bake it, you need:
- Preheat oven to 180-200 ° C.
- To prevent the vegetable from bursting during cooking, pierce it several times.
- Pour some water into the pan.
- Bake for 40-60 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, cool slightly.
- Cut, remove seeds.
- Separate the fiber from the peel.
- Put in the dishes.
- Before serving, add butter, salt, pepper.
Great for this mozzarella and basil cheese.
Pumpkin wedges with sugar
Pumpkin has an amazing ability: its taste depends on what ingredients to prepare it with. It can be salty, spicy or sweet.
For cooking recommend using sweets:
- fruit pilaf,
- dried fruits.
- 1 kg of pumpkin;
- 60 g sugar;
- some salt;
- 50 ml of vegetable or butter.
- Prepare the oven, warming up to 200 ° C.
- Peel the pumpkin, cut into slices.
- Mix sugar and salt, sprinkle on top of the vegetable. With this combination, salt will enhance the sweetness of sugar.
- Sprinkle with oil on top.
- Add ¼ cup of water, put in the oven. To avoid burning from above, it is necessary to cover the container with food foil.
- Roasting time is approximately 40-60 minutes.
This recipe is considered dietary. If you need a sweeter option, you need to increase the amount of sugar.
Recipe with honey and apples
Recipe number 1
- 0.4 kg of pumpkin;
- 0.5 kg of apples;
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon;
- 40 grams of walnuts;
- 2 tablespoons of honey.
- Apples sour or sweet-sour peel, remove the core, cut into slices 2x2.
- Pumpkin without peel cut into slices similar to apples or a little thinner.
- In the prepared form with foil spread out the fruit, add 2 tablespoons of water.
- In a preheated oven to 200 ° C, place the baking sheet for 20 minutes.
- Remove the form, sprinkle with cinnamon on top.
- Lay a layer of apples.
- Bake another 20-25 minutes.
- Give a little cool, spread out in a la carte plates, pour honey, sprinkle with nuts. The dish is ready to eat.
In this recipe, other options are possible:
- with apples and raisins;
- with honey;
- with apples and quince;
- with apples and walnuts.
Recipe number 2
- 0.5 kg of pumpkin;
- 0.2 kg of apples;
- 0.5 glass of water;
- 0.2 kg of honey.
- Remove apples from the core, cut into slices.
- Peel the vegetable, cut into apples, but a little thinner.
- Lay on a baking sheet, pour honey and water.
- Place in preheated oven and bake at 180 ° C for about 2 hours.
- The finished dish when serving on the table can be sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Pumpkin with meat for the second
Baked in the oven pumpkin without sugar is suitable as a side dish to meat or fish, which can be consumed both hot and chilled.
- 1.5 kg of pumpkin;
- 40 ml of vegetable oil;
- 2 cloves of garlic;
- a mixture of peppers;
- greens to take to taste.
- Peel the fruit, cut into small cubes.
- Combine chopped garlic, salt, spices.
- Stir with pieces of pumpkin.
- Put in the prepared form, add some water.
- Place in preheated oven to 180-200 ° C for 30-40 minutes.
We bake delicious pumpkin whole
For baking, you only need to pick up a small fruit so that it will cook evenly. Washed vegetable is pierced, placed in the form and in the oven. Baked will be about an hour.
With apples and raisins
Baking options with apples as a whole are many. But keep in mind the rules that apply to all recipes:
- The vegetable is cooked slower than fruit, so it is better to choose durum apples.
- Need a ripe fruit of sweet varieties with orange pulp.
- The degree of readiness is determined by piercing with a knife or fork. If the fruit is soft, the dish is ready, everything inside is baked.
- To the composition of pumpkin and apples fit lemon juice.
- 1.5 kg of pumpkin;
- 0.5 kg of apples;
- 100 g raisins;
- 30 g butter;
- 80 g sour cream;
- 50 g of walnuts;
- 2-3 g cinnamon;
- sugar to taste.
- In the pumpkin cut the top, remove the seeds, pulp.
- At apples, remove the core and cut into cubes.
- Fry the apples in the pan a little in butter. Moisture should evaporate slightly.
- Wash and dry the raisins.
- Chop nuts.
- Mix raisins, nuts, cinnamon, fill the vegetable stuffing.
- Mix sour cream with sugar and pour inside the fruit.
- The filled pumpkin is closed with a pumpkin lid, placed in the oven.
- It will take about 1 hour to cook at 200 ° C. If the skin is firm, hold in the oven for another 20-30 minutes.
For the effect it is better to put the dish on the table entirely, cutting it in place.
Pumpkin can be stuffed using different fillings:
- Rice with apples, dried apricots, raisins, cherry plum.
- Meat with onions.
- Cheese with cream and greens.
- Meat, potatoes, champignons.
- Rice with meat, chicken, lamb.
- Cereals: rice, millet.
- Dried fruits.
- Buckwheat with pork.
I will list recommendations which can be useful during cooking.
- For dessert dishes, it is better to choose sweet varieties.
- To the bottom does not burn, you need to pour some water into the pan.
- To prevent the top-cap from burning, it should be removed as soon as it is covered with a golden crust. And instead cover with foil. 10 minutes before the lid is ready, put it back in place.
- For stuffing, the filling should not reach the edge of the pumpkin. Otherwise, the liquid during the preparation will overflow.
- As a spice for sweet dishes are suitable: nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom.
- For flavoring main dishes from spices are suitable: cumin (zira), coriander.
Baked pumpkin is a good gastronomic product. In addition, there are a large number of recipes for various culinary processing of this wonderful vegetable. Everyone can choose the option that is suitable for cooking at home.