Sunday, October 10, 2010

Curried Pumpkin Bruschetta

Pumpkins in all colors!
It's that time of year again.  Pumpkin carving, autumn foods abound and a new winter squash idea is always useful.  Last night we went to our annual pumpkin carving party.  Every year we roast the seeds and also roast the pumpkin chunks that are popped out to snack on after the carving segment of the night.  This year I had tons of odds and ends to bring over for hors d'oeuvres since I had a busy cooking week and also had a photo shoot on Friday.  It was a last minute thought that turned out to be my favorite recipe of the season.

This year we did the seeds with butter and sea salt!
The inspiration here?  Pumpkin chunks and leftovers.  The result?  Curried  Pumpkin Bruschetta!  Utilizing extra bread, Indian-style pickled red onions from my last Indian food marathon, a dot of creme fraiche, and an even tinier dot of hot Indian chutney that our friend's grandmother sends us from India.  They were really beautiful and really, really tasty.  Unfortunately, no one captured them on camera in time then POOF they were gone.  A good sign, no?

Here is what I did.
Curried Pumpkin Bruschetta

about 2 cups pumpkin chunks, skin sliced off and pumpkin diced into medium-dice (about 1/3" chunks)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 t honey
1/2 t ground cumin
1 t garam masala
1/4 t ground cinnamon
little dash of cayenne pepper
generous dash sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

1/2 ficelle or a few good bakery breadsticks sliced into 1/2" rounds
20 or so chunks pickled red onion (see below)
a few tablespoons creme fraiche (or plain yogurt)
Indian hot sauce or hot chutney

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Toss pumpkin chunks in a bowl with olive oil, honey, spices, salt, and pepper.  Spread out on a baking sheet and roast 20-30 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.

Arrange ficelle slices on a serving platter.  Mound about a tablespoon of roasted pumpkin chunks on each round.  You can smash the diced pumpkin together just a little so they stick a bit and stay on the bread.

Neatly top with a chunk of pickled onion, dot with creme fraiche, then put a tiny dot of hot chutney on top of the creme fraiche and serve!

Note for the pickled red onions:  I had them in my fridge and they work beautifully, but you could use small chunks of raw onion or follow these general instructions.

Simmer a diced red onion with vinegar, sugar/honey, a little salt, 1/2 jalapeno, and ginger matchsticks.  Cover and chill.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Butter on pumpkin seeds....why didn't I think of that?