Fall is harvest time for the pumpkin and they are everywhere!
Grilling pumpkin is a great and delicious way to eat and, enhance it's flavor. Here's a simple guide to grill pumpkin:
Ingredients and tools:
Salt and pepper
1. Choose the right pumpkin:
Select a sugar or pie pumpkin, as they have sweeter and less stringy flesh compared to larger carving pumpkins.
2. Prep the pumpkin:
Wash the pumpkin and pat it dry.
Cut off the top and bottom to create stable, flat surfaces.
Cut the pumpkin in half horizontally.
Scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon or your hands. You can save the seeds for roasting if you like.
3. Slice into wedges:
Cut the pumpkin halves into wedges or slices of your desired thickness. Aim for pieces that are about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.
4. Season the pumpkin:
Brush the pumpkin slices with olive oil on both sides. This will help prevent sticking to the grill and add flavor.
Season with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. Common choices include garlic powder, paprika, or rosemary.
5. Preheat the grill:
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 350-450°F or 175-230°C). Make sure the grates are clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking.
6. Grill the pumpkin:
Place the pumpkin slices directly on the grill grates.
Grill for about 4-6 minutes per side or until you see grill marks and the pumpkin is tender. The exact grilling time may vary depending on the thickness of your slices.
7. Check for doneness:
Pierce the pumpkin with a fork to check if it's tender. It should be easily pierced without resistance.
8. Remove from the grill:
Use tongs to carefully remove the grilled pumpkin slices from the grill.
Transfer the grilled pumpkin to a serving platter, and you can drizzle with a little more olive oil or sprinkle with additional seasonings if desired.
Grilled pumpkin makes a fantastic side dish or can be used in salads and other recipes.