Spooky season is here, and we all know what that means… pumpkins! This Halloween let’s put the usual Jack-o-Lantern to a yummier use with some delicious leftover pumpkin recipes.
Did you know that the tradition of Halloween stems from Ireland and the ancient festival of Samhain? The Irish immigrants brought these traditions to America when fleeing the famine. Originally, the Irish carved turnips to ward off unwanted visitors, but over time pumpkins, available in abundance in America, took their place.
Thankfully, the pumpkin carving tradition made its way back to Ireland; have you ever seen a traditional Jack-o-Lantern turnip? Terrifying!
As much as we love this tradition, it, unfortunately, comes with a lot of wastage. At Eatto, we are proud to promote sustainability and with this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite leftover pumpkin recipes you need to try this Halloween!
Rory O’Connell’s Pumpkin Soup
A warming bowl of soup is the perfect start to any dinner! This classic pumpkin soup recipe from Chef Rory O’Connell is comfort food at its best for the chilly Autumn season. In this recipe, the sweetness of pumpkin is paired with a delicious herb oil and toasted pumpkin seeds, making this creamy soup a real must-try!
Kevin Dundon’s Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake
This sumptuous pumpkin cheesecake recipe from Chef Kevin Dundon comes from the happy marriage of cheesecake and pumpkin pie. A crisp base with a lightly spiced creamy filling and a dash of Baileys thrown in, what’s not to love!
Darina Allen’s Pumpkin Stew
This delicious pumpkin stew recipe from renowned Irish Chef Darina Allen is a vegetarian one-pot dish made with pumpkin, black beans and chickpeas cooked in delicate spices. Keep it veggie and serve with rice or flatbreads, or pair it with your favourite Sunday roast, it goes beautifully with both!
Donal Skehan’s Maple Glazed Spiced Pumpkin Muffin
This decadent pumpkin muffin recipe from Chef Donal Skehan is brimming with Autumn spices and plenty of pumpkin flavour. Topped with a nutty maple glaze and super easy to make, it’s most definitely one that’s hard to resist!
Roz Purcell’s Pumpkin Protein Balls
Looking for a healthy treat to stop you reaching for the kids’ Halloween chocolate stash? Roz Purcell’s healthy and satisfying pumpkin protein balls will make you look no further! Made with a mix of pumpkin puree, cashew butter, and sweetened with delicious maple syrup – there’s no way you’ll still be pinching from the kids’ trick or treating haul… well, maybe!
Donal Skehan’s Roasted Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, why not try your hand at pasta making with this flavoursome roasted pumpkin and ricotta ravioli recipe? The combination of sweet pumpkin, nutty butter, crispy prosciutto and earthy mushrooms is the perfect seasonal supper!
We hope these recipes have inspired you to make the most of your pumpkins this Halloween. With the growing awareness about sustainability across the country, through several inspiring initiatives from organisations like Stop Food Waste and Green Aware; Eatto joins the cause to make every effort to reduce food waste. Through small daily changes, you too, can do your part in reducing food waste and helping our planet- one delicious pumpkin muffin at a time!
Here’s a little treat for you this Halloween season no tricks (or coupons) involved! Spend €70 or over across our range of homemade meals and get a free gift: a delicious apple crumble – made with Irish apples and stewed with cinnamon. Hurry! Offer valid until the 29th of October: Browse our full range of meals HERE.