Though costome parties may be coming to an end this Halloween, the fun doesn't have to stop. Here are some ways to use your leftovers and keep the excitement high.
Pumpkin Beer: Okay, so maybe there is not leftover pumpkin beer. But if you can't bear to drink any more, cooking with beer can be just as fun as drinking it. I've seen recipes involving pumpkin ales for everything from chili to cupcakes. One particular recipe that I plan to use for Thanksgiving is a "Pumpkin Ale Brined Turkey." Simply place the turkey in a large pot, pour 48 oz. of your favorite pumpkin ale over the turkey, and desired herbs and spices, and refrigerate for 24 hours. The next day, drain the turkey and reserve 16 oz. of beer marinade to later baste with periodically during the three hour roast. Once the bird has soaked in the delicious flavors of the beer, viola! Carve, serve, and enjoy alongside the same beer that you cooked with.
Pumpkin Guts: Whether you made your own pumpkin keg seen from Sales Siren Wendy's previous blog, or made a Jack-o-Lantern, don't just toss those guts in the garbage. Instead, make an easy puree by baking the flesh with a cup of water for 90 minutes until tender and pulverizing them in a food processor. Puree is great for homemade pumpkin pie, or better yet, homemade beer!
Carved Pumpkin: Smash them! Not on your neighbors doorstep or enemy's car, but in an open area that won't bother others. The pumpkin will break into smaller pieces and naturally compost, creating an eco-friendly fertilizer. Delaware actually hosts an event every year called "Punkin Chuckin," where participants compete to hurl their pumpkin the furthest. The event also features various entertainment for spectators, including live music and cooking contests. Though we don't have anything this awesome in Charlotte, create your own "Punkin Chunkin." An evening of bonding with friends while smashing pumpkins and drinking pumpkin beer sounds pretty ideal to me.