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.