A few weeks ago, I picked up a collection of Pumpkins from Mary Arden's Farm. We went there and enjoyed a day of activities including carving a Pumpkin for Halloween.
The first carved pumpkin was soon dispatched into soup, and this last week, I popped the second pumpkin into the oven after my bread came out, for about half an hour.
Just washed then cut in half and placed on a tray, I find this the easy way to deal with pumpkin, as it so much easier to remove the seeds, and the skin when the flesh is soft.
The following day, I had little left in the fridge but some odds and ends, three rasher of bacon, some Pecorino Cheese, and few olives, and this baked pumpkin. I wanted to go out shopping, but I thought if I cooked when I got back in, Mr S would be far too hungry, and I too tired, so I thought of what I cook before going shopping.
I was in a rush, and did not have time to search my recipes, and just thought that if I can make gnocchi with potato, why not with pumpkin? I took 500g of baked pumpkin, added some salt and pepper, fresh thyme and sage from the garden, and mixed it well with a beaten egg. Then I added about 300 to400g of oo pasta flour, and rolled out into long strips onto the semolina strewn surface. I cut them into little parcels, and used the edge of my fork to make little patterns.
This is half of the batch, which I froze, yes, gnocchi freeze very well, and they can go straight into the pan from the freezer.
It takes only a few minutes and four to five for them to cook.
I dressed them in the bowl, with a couple of spoonfuls of pesto, and topped them with pan fried strips of bacon, and sliced olives,
then a little grated cheese to finish. On the plate and ready to eat within 20 minutes of wondering what would be for supper...and Mr S did the washing up whilst I went shopping. The gnocchi were wonderfully light and fluffy and very tasty too. This will be in my what to do with pumpkins list.
I thought I was being very original but if something is really good, others will have most probably thought of doing the same thing too..and with the magic of Google I found this to be so!