Smashing Pumpkin

recipe by sarah glover • photography by luisa brimble

 

INGREDIENTS

1  medium sized whole pumpkin
100g tahini
juice o f 1 lemon
100ml good quality olive oil
a handful of crushed pecans or sesame seeds
a handful fresh herbs (I used sage and basil flower)
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Light a fire and allow coals to form, this will take a good hour.  Make a fire pit by shovelling some of the coals away, then place the whole pumpkin in the fire pit and cover with some coals. Cook for approximately 1-2 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin. You can test by putting a knife in and if its goes in easily it will be ready.

While the pumpkin is cooking, in small bowl, whisk the tahini, lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside. 

Once the pumpkin is cooked, dig it out with a shovel and smash it on a big steady log, dress with the tahini dressing and sprinkle with crushed pecans or sesame seeds and fresh herbs. Season to taste.
 

CONVENTIONAL COOKING METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the whole pumpkin in the oven, cook for approximately 1-2 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin. Dressing (as above).


SARAH'S TIPS & TRICKS

Alternatively instead of tahini dressing why not try goat's cheese over the smashed pumpkin

 

Serves: 6-8 people as a side • Cooking Time: 3 hours

Thank you Annabelle Hickson for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful property.