It’s pumpkin season, and I love pumpkins, so I am always looking for new and creative ways to prepare them. I came across this recipe for pumpkin fries and just had to try them. I know what you’re thinking … Pumpkin fries? WHAT????? But trust me, they are very tasty, and this sauce just really makes the flavors pop and come to life. Most Americans think pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice, especially for lattes, when they hear the word pumpkin, but pumpkins can be used for oh so much more. There really is no limit to how they can be used and cooked.
Pumpkin and squash are all part of the same family, and in many countries around the world, the two are interchangeable. A pumpkin is a cultivar of winter squash that is round with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and is most often deep yellow to orange in coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. The name is most commonly used for cultivars of Cucurbita pepo, but some cultivars of Cucurbita maxima, C. argyrosperma, and C. Is pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable? A pumpkin, from a botanist’s perspective, is a fruit because it’s a product of the seed-bearing structure of flowering plants. Vegetables, on the other hand, are the edible portion of plants such as leaves, stems, roots, bulbs, flowers, and tubers. So, a pumpkin is really a bit of both. They are also very healthy, high in fiber and low in calories too. Plus, they are absolutely delicious.
Pumpkin Fries with Spicy Honey Mustard Sauce
Spicy Honey Mustard Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP yellow mustard
1 1/2 TBSP honey
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chocolate chili powder, optional
Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
1 small pumpkin, peeled and sliced
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350* F or 180* C,
Spray cooking spray into a baking pan.
Mix all the spics and olive oil together then toss with the pumpkin slices until they are all thoroughly coated.
Spread the pumpkin slices in a single layer in the baking pan and roast for about 30-40 minutes, or until they are just tender. Make sure to stir them occasionally while they are cooking.
When you are ready to eat them, serve them with the mustard sauce on the side.
I served my pumpkin fries with a roasted medley of winter vegetables and my marinated beef roast to make for a perfect wintery meal. Marinating the Beef Roast
This sauce is so good. I have plenty left over, so don’t be surprised to see some more creative recipes coming your way to use this sauce. It would go very well with chicken or pork too, or even as a spread for sandwiches too.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.