Our recipe this month comes from Chef Aaron at Pradera Country Club and it’s just in time for your winter holiday feasts.
Holiday Pumpkin Recipe
Since pumpkins come in all sizes, no specifics will be used for this recipe. Instead, it will be a procedure recipe. The sugars and flavorings can be mixed and matched for personal taste.
- 1 pumpkin
- Apple juice
- Sugars: white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, dark corn syrup, caramel, etc.
- Flavoring: vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, ginger, etc.
- Pepitas (a pepita is a pumpkin seed with the husk removed)
- Ground cinnamon
Remove the seeds and the skin from a FRESH pumpkin.
Cut into small pieces, and place in a large pot.
Fill the pot with apple juice and cream until the pumpkin is covered.
Add any sugars and seasonings you’d like, and then simmer the mixture until pumpkin is very soft.
Puree in blender, with a hand mixer, or in a food processor.
Garnish soup with cream whipped with cinnamon and toasted pepitas.
About Executive Chef Aaron Schultz
Executive Chef Aaron Schultz’s prior experience includes the Woodmore Pines Country Club in Monument CO, Beaver Creek, in Avon, and Plum Creek Country Club in Castle Rock. He then helped open The Club at Pradera in 2005 and continues to strive to meet every member expectation on a day to day basis. His passion lies in the artistic side of the culinary arts including paired dinners such as wine, beer, or spirits.