Are there any recipes for pumpkins? (and is this a pumpkin)

Pumpkin? - My mother gave me this today, she claims it is a pumpkin. I need to cook it before it goes off.
@babykay (2133)
Ireland
August 19, 2007 5:50pm CST
I have this pumpkin. As you can see from the photo it is not shaped like a round, onion shaped pumpkin but more like a butternut squash. It is very big and long and bright orange, one side has some green. Is this in fact a pumpkin?? Has anyone any ideas (preferably easy ones) to cook it? I am stuck as I have had a look on the net and different types of pumpkins are specified for different recipes so it would be great if someone could identify this beauty.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
22 Aug 07
Hi there. Wow I dont know what that big thing is, but I can take a wild guess at it, I think it looks like an over grown type of squash, that back in the day my people would have made an awsome water canteen out of it, an hawaiians would have made an instrument out of it or even an ornament... But anyway, heres an idea for a whole pumpkin as a side to roast meats and cold meats, cut the top off the pumpkin itself, set aside for use later as a lid, take all the flesh out, make your favourite bread stuffing and stuff the pumpkin with it, put the lid back on and bake at 180 until cooked... Good luck with the pumpkin... Slice out quarters when ready for serving...
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
22 Aug 07
this looks good for meat eaters - thanks (am a veggie ;)
@nmw2005 (1198)
• United States
21 Aug 07
This is really good and a huge hit at parties. Enjoy!! Pumpkin Roll Ingredients: 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup Pumpkin 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional) 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Powdered sugar (optional) Directions: FOR CAKE: PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack. FOR FILLING: BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. NOTES: Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
22 Aug 07
thanks...I still have enough pumpkin to try this
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Aug 07
It's probably a pump-ash or a squashkin. That would be part pumpkin and part squash. Generally, I don't worry about what kind of pumpkin or squash something is, I just make the recipes. Usually a pie pumpkin or squash is thick with less liquid after it is cooked. A bread pumpkin or squash has more liquid. But if it's too liquid for pie, I add gelatin or tapioca. But more eggs or less cream also works. If it's too thick for bread, I just add a little more liquid. Make a mini-pie or a mini-bread first to see how it comes out. Then adjust. The only time I worry is part squash or pumpkin and part gourd because some gourds aren't really edible. By the way, part green on one side, that was just probably the side it was laying on, but it could be a green kind of squash, but most green ones are shaped like card spades. I grew up with my Mom growing all kinds of squash and pumpkins next to each other. We ended up with orange winter and ace squash. We had super-hard impossible to cut pumpkins (because they were part acorn or winter squash). What you have there looks huge. How many inches is it around and high? You could probably try all kinds of recipes. It will just be a little better at some and not as good as others. Just go for it!
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
19 Aug 07
its the strangest looking pumpkin I have ever seen. I estimate its about 24 inches standing up! Have you any recipes or can I just throw it into a stew
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Aug 07
24 inches, two feet high? Unless it's some kind of African pumpkin that I've never heard of. . .. Sounds like a pumpkin squash mix to me. I have lots of recipes. Also lots of places I look for them. Thought you had already searched for some. You can do stew, you can do pie, with 24 inches, you can feel the entire family. What would you like?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Aug 07
24 inches, two feet high? Unless it's some kind of African pumpkin that I've never heard of. . .. Sounds like a pumpkin squash mix to me. I have lots of recipes. Also lots of places I look for them. Thought you had already searched for some. You can do stew, you can do pie, with 24 inches, you can feed the entire family. What would you like?
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