A favorite pastime of Autumn is picking out a pumpkin. Pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and farmer’s markets abound as we jump into Fall. And who can forget Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin? Memories are plentiful with these favorite traditions and even more great memories are ripe for the taking!
Fall’s bounteous harvest brings a variety of great vegetables specific to this time of year: acorn squash, butternut, hubbard, spaghetti, and not to be forgotten – the pumpkin. While delectable recipes of pumpkin pie abound, there are many other ways to enjoy the most famous of Autumn’s bounty that doesn’t include the word pie. Some favorites include pumpkin ravioli in alfredo sauce, pumpkin miso soup, pumpkin carrot juice, pumpkin bread, beetroot and pumpkin salad. This list could go on and on. While delicious delicacies, many of these can be time consuming. If you love the crispness of the fall air and spending time in your backyard with friends and family, why not try grilling that pumpkin?
There is no need to put that grill away for the season. Consider a built-in grilling station in your backyard. Encasing the grill with natural stones or pavers, gives you the option to continue the beauty even further with a coordinating retaining wall. These walls can do so much more than just hold up dirt. They give you another option to showcase beautiful gardens holding flowers, vines, and even vegetables year round. Enjoy a unique outdoor room, created with retaining walls, by spending more time relaxing with friends or just curling up with your favorite book while dinner grills nearby. Opting for a lower retaining wall gives you added seating when placing decorative pillows or cushions atop the wall. What a great way to create another beautiful space to be proud of while continuing the distinctive statement you’ve already established.
Below is a simple recipe to get you back to grilling. Now the only thing consuming your time will be lounging around with loved ones in your backyard oasis!
Spiced Grilled Pumpkin
Take your pumpkin and cut it up into good sized squares and grill with butter and spices and you make something better than pumpkin pie.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 4 to 6 pieces of pumpkin cut into 3 inch squares
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Score the skin of the pumpkin pieces with a fork and set aside. Combine other ingredients. Place equal amounts of the butter mixture on the top or inside of each pumpkin piece. Place on a medium hot grill and cook indirectly, skin side down for about 35 to 45 minutes.