Pumpkin Bowl: For a Dinner Party it's fun to serve your pumpkin soup or any flavor of soup in a cooked pumpkin bowl. This way you can eat the soup and eat the bowl too. Halloween and Thanksgiving are perfect Holidays to serve pumpkin bowls. And if your birthday is during the fall season, then by all means go pumpkin for your Birthday! The type of pumpkin you need is "small baking pumpkins" from the grocery store. Buy as many as there will be guests attending your dinner.
How to bake pumpkin bowls:
Serve with big soup spoons and yummie crusty bread. This is a great fall harvest meal and is really fun to eat. Everyone will remember this smooth and creamy soup.
Soup can be served for lunch and when it is, salad and a sandwich is usually served with it. You know we have all heard the title "Soup Salad & Sandwich" that's on many diner menu's.
Pumpkin Seed Salad Idea: A nice idea for the salad would be fresh crispy lettuce with toasted and seasoned pumpkin seeds on top. This pumpkin seed salad ties right in with the theme of pumpkin soup. Use what ever seasoning on the seeds that will match the salad dressing that you will be serving. The hulless or semi-hulless seeds of pumpkins can be roasted and eaten as a snack too, similar to the sunflower seed. The seeds are often prepared by separation from orange pumpkin flesh, mix with a generally salty sauce likeWorcestershire sauce. Even distribute on a baking sheet, and oven-heating at a relatively low temperature for a long period of time. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, potassium, and magnesium.
On the Side of Soup: I guess it goes without saying that crackers or crusty bread is most likely the #1 choice to serve along side a nice bowl of soup. But moving up in the ranks for a tasty side is chicken fried bacon. Bacon is another food item that flavors soup perfectly and will match most all savory soups. That's why you see bacon crumbled up and served on top of soups at restaurants.
Soup is popular as a starter for dinner parties too. Wouldn't your guests be impressed to start the meal with a fresh baked pumpkin bowl? Yes! And your guest will appreciate the effort that goes into planning a special meal like this too.
Cooking Pumpkin - Pumpkin is delishious and can be cooked in many different ways. When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, and roasted, or made into various kinds of pie, alone or mixed with other fruit.
Some people say that pumpkin pie tastes similar to sweet potato pie and is always served with whipped cream on top.
Pumpkin can also be eaten mashed with butter and spices and is traditional to eat at autumn holidays.
One of the best ways to eat pumpkin is incorporated into soups. Smooth Pumpkin Soup is something that everyone needs to try! Hot Pumpkin Soup is perfect for the winter and is best served with crusty bread to dip it in. At our house, pumpkin soup makes it on our table many times before the pumpkin season is over.
When you pour milk in a pumpkin and bake it, it makes pudding.
"Pumpkin soup is a soup made from a puree of pumpkin. It is made by combining the meat of a blended pumpkin with broth or stock. It can be served hot or cold, and is a popular Thanksgiving dish in the United States. Pumpkin soup was a staple for the prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prison camps during the Vietnam War."
Wash pumpkins, cut the top off and lay it to the side.
Scoop out all the pulp.
Now oil your pumpkin inside and salt & pepper it really good.
Bake in the oven on 350 for 30 to 45 minutes. Adjust the time depending on the size of your pumpkin.
Don't forget to also bake the lids of the pumpkins. Putting the lids on the plate with the bowls of pumpkin soup is a really great presentation. Bowl, lid and soup can all be eaten. Note: your lids may cook quicker than your bowls so be prepared to take them out of the oven sooner than your bowls.