For this dinner party menu, the star of the show is pumpkin.
With one single pumpkin, you can easily build three different dishes. So let’s get started by roasting that pumpkin!
Preheat your oven to 400f/200c.
Choose a 2-3 pound pumpkin, sugar pumpkins are delicious!
Slice it up into segments, leave the skin on, that’s fine.
Slice off the very top off of an entire bulb of garlic and add it to the tray. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil all over the pumpkin and garlic
Sprinkle with salt. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes
Once it’s cooled, remove the skin. It peels off easily and now you can prep it for your dishes!
Roasted Pumpkin Hummus
This hummus is velvety and smooth, with a sweet pumpkin flavour. We’ve sprinkled dukkah on top, to give it a warm spicy kick. You can buy the seasoning, or blend it up at home.
1 cup roasted pumpkin
2 cans chickpeas, drained
3-5 roasted garlic cloves
5 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper
water to thin
In a food processor, blend the chickpeas and olive oil to get it started
add the pumpkin puree, garlic cloves, salt and pepper
add water to thin if needed
continue blending until all the ingredients are blended, and the hummus is smooth
if you have it on hand, add 1 tablespoon tahini and a squeeze of half a lemon
To serve, sprinkle dukkah on top and drizzle olive oil
1/2 cup blanched almonds
2 tablespoons coriander seed
2 tablespoons cumin seed
2 tablespoons sesame seed
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a food processor, crush almonds until coarsely ground
pour them out into a bowl
mix in all the other ingredients
toast on a dry skillet until they get a nice color
White Pumpkin Pizza
You can make your own pizza base, or buy it pre made… but I like the flavour and simplicity of using flat bread with this recipe. Go to a good baker, get yourself some fresh Lebanese flat bread and you can easily build these pizzas before guests come, or let people get involved and add their own favorite toppings!
Store bought flat bread
1/2 cup mozzarella
2 tablespoons feta cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
or, other toppings: prosciutto, black olives, chili…
brush olive oil on top of the bread and spread 2 roasted garlic cloves
sprinkle mozzarella and feta cheese
add your slices of roast pumpkin
bake in the oven to melt the cheese
Roast Pumpkin & Chicken Harvest Salad
Salad goes so well with pizza, and depending on what you add – it can be very filling in itself!
a bag of mixed salad greens
shredded roast chicken (homemade or buy a whole rotisserie chicken)
bite-size pieces of roast pumpkin
extra toppings to build your salad:
apple or grapes
candied walnuts or almonds
Serve it with a simple balsamic dressing. I added dried orange peel and a pinch of dried thyme to the dressing.
I hope this menu inspires good ideas for you to create a very simple and delicious dinner for yourself and the people you enjoy spending time with!