Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Turn Your Pumpkin Into a Serving Piece + recipes

Turn your "mini pumpkin" into a serving piece in 3 easy steps!
Just slice off the top, scoop, and fill!

I simply took one of my mini pumpkins - the ones that sell for about a $1.00 in most supermarkets or road side stands-, sliced off the top ( this is the tricky part- see instructions below),  scooped out the seeds and filled the pumpkin with dip- turning my pumpkin into a pretty fall "serving piece".

I decorate my kitchen with all kinds of colorful pumpkins and fall squashes this time of the year. I usually have at least 4 or 5 of the mini pumpkins as accents on my shelves. This is the first time I ever thought of actually scooping one out and trying to use it !

I love this idea for a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, Succot, or any fall party. If you entertain a small crowd, you could make one for each person at his/her seat, or for a larger crowd make a few and use them for appetizers accompanied by crudite, GF chips, apple slices, etc. 

My mini pumpkin photo is filled with a simple guacamole 
( mashed  avocado,  diced celery, lemon juice and Himalayan pink salt). Another guacamole recipe is listed below. 

No matter which filling you serve, the presentation will be festive and colorful!

Try One Of These Dips or Fillings

Some of my easy and delicious GF pumpkin recipes: 
pumpkin pie 
pumpkin pudding bars 
pumpkin rice pudding ( vegan) 

Author: Judee Algazi from Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 3-5 minutes for slicing and scooping the pumpkin

Materials Needed:

A large chefs knife
1 mini pumpkin

How I sliced my mini pumpkin

As easy as it sounds, it could be a little tricky to slice the pumpkin since the pumpkin is extremely hard. I used a large chopping type knife. I read about this on Pinterest, but it didn't give any instructions, so I had to guess. This is how I sliced it.

I couldn't cut it in one blow so I scored the pumpkin in a circle all around and then cut into it at one of the scored openings. When the knife was in the pumpkin, I then proceeded to use the knife to bang the pumpkin on my counter ( gently) until the pressure started to split the pumpkin. I then cut through and ended up with a clean cut. Good Luck!

DIY Craft: How I made my white Decorated Faux Pumpkins in the photo on the top of the page

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  1. Great idea and recipes! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

    1. Hi Elaine,
      I love visiting your Healthy Living Link Party because there are so many healthy ideas.

  2. What a fun idea! We just love pumpkin decorations so this is fantastic to know. Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party :)

    1. I know. I saw the idea on Pinterest and I thought it was adorable and easy! So I had to make it.

  3. Hi Judee,
    Wow, what a fabulous and festive Fall idea! I want to try this for Thanksgiving! With delectable ingredients like these who can resist your stuffed pumpkins. I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious stuffed pumpkins with us on the Plant-based Potluck Party. I appreciate it and I'm so glad you are partying with us. I'm pinning and sharing this!

  4. What a fun idea! This would make any party festive for fall. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party. Pinning.

  5. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope to see you there tomorrow too!

  6. what a great idea - I have a massive 9kg pumpkin I got from a local fete. Now that will need a lot of different recipes...


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