Sweet and Sour Pumpkin
This sweet and sour pumpkin dish is flavored with honey, red wine vinegar, pepper flakes, and can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes.
I know, more pumpkin. Are you still there?
In all fairness, this sweet and sour pumpkin dish is very different than almost any pumpkin recipe I’ve made in my entire life. And that is exactly what attracted me to it in the first place. That and the fact that it reminded me, vaguely, of a dish that Connor and I stumbled upon in a casual restaurant during our trip to Italy last March.
Anyway, back to the point. What really attracted me to the idea of starting this series back in August was that it gave me an excuse to look through old, in some cases long forgotten, magazine issues and cookbooks and do something different in the kitchen.
I love to come up with my own recipes, don’t get me wrong. There is nothing more satisfying than creating something incredibly delicious that stemmed purely from an idea. Food is sort of magical in that way.
But, in all honesty, I think most of those ideas have to come from somewhere.
Whether it’s a dish that you had out at a restaurant a few weeks ago, the last remnants of an empty fridge, a childhood treat, a classic flavor pairing, or just all of your favorite foods smashed (placed delicately?) together on one plate.
But sometimes, life gets in the way. We’re all busy and it’s easier to stick with what is comfortable and familiar. With food. With jobs. With everything.
Since I don’t work in the (professional) kitchen anymore (another post that is long over due, oops), I feel that the best way to keep learning and growing as a cook is to continue creating things, make mistakes, and try as many different foods as often as possible.
And yes, they are only recipes. I’m not going to turn into Rene Redzepi any time soon (or ever, for that matter). But recipes can also expose you to new cooking techniques, new ingredients, and ultimately, the tools it takes to create your own dishes.
This sweet and sour pumpkin dish is a perfect example of something I never would have come up with on my own. The original recipe comes from Mario Batali’s Molto Italiano cookbook–and is incredibly interesting and different.
I ended up making it twice (just to be sure), cut back the heat a lot (the original called for a teaspoon of red pepper flakes–which was a little excessive), and chopped the pumpkin a bit finer to speed up the cooking process. Enjoy!
Sweet and Sour Pumpkin
- 1 lb whole sugar pie pumpkin de-seeded and peeled
- 3 tablespoons (45 mL) red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons pure honey
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
- kosher salt
- fresh mint leaves finely chopped, for garnishing
- sour cream or Greek yogurt for serving
- Carefully peel and de-seed the pumpkin. Chop into ½-inch cubes. Set aside.
- Combine the red wine vinegar, honey, and pepper flakes in separate bowl. Tip: To cleanly measure honey, spray the measuring cup with oil and it will slide out cleanly.
- Heat the olive oil in large 10 or 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Carefully add the cubed pumpkin and garlic. Saute until golden brown (turning down the heat, if necessary) for roughly 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the honey, vinegar, and red pepper mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, or until the glaze has reduced and become syrup-y, and the pumpkin is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle with finely chopped mint and serve immediately with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream.
27 Comments on “Sweet and Sour Pumpkin”
Delicious. Thank you.
Sooo beautiful and delicious looking! You’re so talented in the kitchen as well as with your camera. I was like, 0_0 throughout the post. 😀
Thank you SO much Ellie!! Seriously, you have no idea how much that means to me 🙂
This sounds amazing! Such a great, really creative combination of flavors! Oh – and I always love your photos, but that pic of the peeled pumpkin is beyond outstanding! 😀
This is intriguing. I would try this, but I gotta know how you peeled that pumpkin. Pinning!
Thanks so much Norma! Peeling it was a lot easier than it looks. Just take a normal peeler (I use the cheap $5 Kuhn peelers, which are the best out there–actually you can see it in the photo above) and go down the sides. I ended up splitting the pumpkin in half vertically (avoiding the stalk), gutting it and trimming both ends. Hope this helps! 🙂
I don’t usually love sweet/sour combos, but this looks good!
I know, I’m not usually either–but the combination has been growing on me! And I trust Mario Batali 🙂
As do I, we will have to take you to a Batali restaurant the next time that you come up to NYC!
Super intrigued by this dish! I’m still deep in the pumpkin love phase, so this is going to have to happen soon!
Ooh, so glad to hear that! Thanks Steph! Hope you’re feeling well!
I was just having a conversation about how everyone gets their inspiration from somewhere, yes, most recipes are still original, but I get inspired by magazines, dinners my Mom used to make me, restaurants, even commercials and more! Love this series for those days when you just don’t feel inspired. That pumpkin looks perfect!
Totally agree! I think most ideas have to come from somewhere–and the more experience you have making all sorts of things, the better! Sometimes it’s just seeing pictures of food that inspire me, not even the dishes themselves.
Thanks so much Nicole! 🙂
I am SO intrigued by this gorgeous pumpkin dish! Pretty pics, too 😉
Thanks lady! 🙂
This sounds so interesting! I’ve actually never cooked pumpkin. I’m going to have to try this.
And I love this series. My grandma just gave me a gigantic box full of old Saveur and Bon Apetit magazines. I can’t wait for a rainy day to go through all of them.
You have to try it! Make sure you choose the pie pumpkins, sometimes called “sugar” pumpkins.
Thanks so much Natalie! So happy to hear that you’re enjoying the series. And jealous of your Saveur magazines–that is the one magazine I’m missing 🙂 It’s been so much fun, that’s for sure.
I’m always in for more pumpkin, no matter what time of the year it is. I love the taste and I always think it’s just the prettiest at the dinner table. This recipe is beautiful!
It is SUCH a beautiful veggie! I had so much fun taking these pictures–pumpkins love the camera 😉
You choose a fantastic recipe Laura, very unique and you’re right, not a list of ingredients most of us would throw together. And you made it twice, so now I want to make it, of course!
Yep! Had to make it twice–just to test it out and make a couple minor changes. I was the weirdo that walked into the grocery store at 8:00 am in the morning to grab one more small pie pumpkin–and that’s it. Haha!
This is so fun and different from any pumpkin dish I’ve ever seen. Cannot wait to try this! Btw…love this series!!
It was definitely different! It makes sense–basically an Italian agrodolce, but still never would have thought of it in a million years. Thanks so much Kelli!
HOW creative!!! Sweet & sour pumpkin. Pinned! love this concept!
Thank you Averie!! 🙂 So glad you like it!
This is the best pumpkin recipe I have seen yet!! I love sweet and sour anything, but the idea of sweet and sour pumpkin sounds INCREDIBLE!
Oh and I only wish I had access to all these vintage mags and cookbooks! I would kill for them. It’s so fun to look through older stuff that no does anymore!
Wow!!! I am so honored that you would say that. Seriously, that’s a huge compliment. Thank you Tieghan! And totally agree, it’s so much fun to see what foods were “in” so long ago…