To this mid-west girl, Fall=pumpkins. For all of my fall recipes and pumpkin spice lattes, I usually pick up some of the canned stuff (gasp, how dare I?!). However, here in Korea I have yet to find some, even with many online searches. Sigh... However, I can't complain too much because the lack of canned pumpkin gave me the opportunity to discover a beautiful thing: fresh steamed pumpkin. Yes, I know that pumpkins should be orange. No, I have no idea why Korea only has green ones.
Steamed pumpkin was so incredibly easy that I may never go back. I was expecting a long, complicated process, but what I got was a simple, easy way to continue making the many pumpkin recipes I love.
Here's what you will need:
Vegetable steamer (either a pot and a separate steamer or an actual steamer pot)
First, slice the pumpkin and scrape out the seeds (you can save these for roasting!).
Fill the bottom of your pot with an inch or two of water, put your steamer inside, and place your pumpkin in the steamer.
Now, you don't want to boil your pumpkins, so make sure the water does not cover them. Place the lid on top, turn the heat to medium, and let steam for about 15 minutes. Each stove, pot, and pumpkin is different, so check with a fork every few minutes. When the pumpkin is soft, it's ready! It should look like this:
Usually you can peel the skin right off, but my pumpkin decided to be difficult, so I just had to scrape the pumpkin out.
The most common thing I use it for it my pumpkin spice lattes, so I'm going to freeze this little guy in tablespoon cubes. Enjoy!