Pumpkin has to be one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Not only can the squash be carved into a decorative Halloween ornament, it can also be used in sweet and savoury dishes. Pumpkins are healthy, wholesome, filling and make an excellent substitute for meat for those seeking a vegetarian option. The intriguingly attractive member of the squash family has been used to great effect in a range of cuisines, from Lebanese to Thai. Here we take a look at some of the best ways to enjoy it in Brisbane.
1. Roasted Pumpkin Risotto
Italian is one cuisine that's incredibly varied and versatile and pumpkin is an ingredient that has lent itself well to pasta and risotto dishes. La Porchetta is a traditional Italian restaurant which throws up a few of its own unique creations. One of these is the vegetarian-friendly Roasted Pumpkin Risotto, which is a brimming bowl of flavour. If you fancy a light, creamy and robust risotto, try this one for size.
2. Chicken Pumpkin Penang
Pumpkin is used a lot in Thai cuisine - sometimes in the savoury, other times in sweet treats. It has proven to be an excellent stodgy ingredient to make a curry more filling and sometimes replace the meat. At Siam Samrarn, however, they have decided to use the squash to compliment the meat in their Chicken Pumpkin Penang curry. We have to say, they are on to a winner here. The sweetness of the pumpkin is the perfect partner for a much-loved meat.
3. Roasted Pumpkin Pide
Pide is the Turkish word for Pita bread and, in the Middle Eastern cuisine, it's often used to create a unique type of boat-shaped pizza. At Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant, there's a whole section offering up these delights. They are freshly-baked, filling and bursting with bold flavours. The Roasted Pumpkin Pide is the healthiest and also features the deep taste of spinach and the tangy contrast of feta cheese. Tuck into this one with friends or devour solo – it's up to you.
4. Good Veggie
For those seeking something with health, comfort and satisfaction rolled into one, check out the Rye Bread Sandwiches at Chopp'd Healthy Food. Here you will find the Good Veggie sandwich, which features roast pumpkin at its core. It's one of the most popular items on the menu and it's easy to see why. With feta cheese and a homemade pesto to top it off, this one will have you forgetting your meat-eating ways.
5. Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin is the ideal ingredient for creating a rich and creamy soup. At Ceylon Dine in Style it's one of the standout starters. It looks incredible and the Sri Lankan herbs and spices harmonise marvellously with the sweetness of the pumpkin. It's oh-so-satisfying on the taste buds but it also isn't too filling – perfect for starting off your meal in style. Grab a spoon!
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