Halloween (Pumpkin) Pork

I have been wondering what to do with this pumpkin for a couple of weeks and was reluctant to use it for the obvious pie / soup offering. Besides I have a bigger one for that which my friend gave me in September and I have been ripening on my windowsill since (It’s the big one)

The little guy intrigued me. Once opened up it revealed a juicy flesh that had a sweet cantaloup like scent. It even looked a bit like a cantaloup.

Pumpkin Pork Ingredients:

  • Pork loin chops seasoned (S&P, garlic, thyme, jerk spice (optional)) – 700g
  • 1/2 small pumpkin peeled & chunked (or squosh)
  • 2 Red onions (sliced)
  • Mushrooms sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Tin of tomatoes & oregano
  • Few glugs of BBQ sauce
  • Splash of wine vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar

I browned the chops in a grill pan before adding the vegetables and all the other bits and pieces. I then roasted in the oven for 40 minutes at about 180 deg C (fan assisted). I also sliced the rest of the pumpkin and roasted it in a dish seasoned with S&P, garlic, rosemary, chilli flakes and drizzled with oil.

The pork came out gloriously crisp and succulent with the vegetables oozing an unctuously sticky BBQ tang.

Served with a little bit of rice and lots of love. This will haunt you until you make it. Happy Halloween y’all. Bon apetit. Nom Nom…