Savory Roasted Little Pumpkins
Labneh, Zaatar, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Seed Oil
Earthy autumn flavors, intense nuttiness, creamy textures and a bit of crunch describe this petite pumpkin side-dish charmingly served in its own shell.
Green-hued Austrian pumpkin seed oil contrasts with the burnt-orange pumpkin. It is used as a finishing oil, to add a deep complex taste and striking color. Labneh, a strained yogurt, adds rich and tangy notes while zaatar, a spice mix consisting of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and salt anchors the dish with warm earthy aromas and flavors. Roasted seeds bring the third element of pumpkin to the dish. Served with the lid on, guests are delighted to lift off the top and behold the unexpected presentation and enjoy the wafting aromas of the season.
Savory Roasted Little Pumpkins Recipe
Scrub the pumpkin shells so they are clean, then pierce several times along the top with a sharp knife. I can’t tell you for sure that the pumpkin will explode in the oven if it is not pierced, but why take a chance?
Place pumpkins on a baking sheet and roast at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes. Let cool slightly then slice off the top portion.
Scoop out the seeds and pulp. Roughly slice the remaining flesh into large cubes, leaving it in the shell.
Season the flesh with sea salt to taste. Place a scoop of labneh over the flesh. Drizzle with pumpkin seed oil and sprinkle with zaatar. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Replace the top and serve immediately.
To roast pumpkin seeds:
Separate the seeds from the pulp. Rinse the seeds in a colander, swishing to remove bits of pulp.
Drain the seeds well, spread on a baking sheet. Season with salt.
Bake at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes until the seeds are a light golden brown.
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