This and that: Pumpkin Bacon Ratatouille - #CIC

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Bacon Ratatouille - #CIC

I was excited when I saw that pumpkin what one of the ingredients for this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  I wasn't sure if I would have time this month to make my dish but luckily I did and it was AMAZING or at least I thought so.

Pumpkin Bacon Ratotouille

I love Pumpkin, it has to be one of my favorite ingredients.  I even like imitation pumpkin flavouring. Even though I do like pumpkin, I really don't like it in savory type dishes.  The second ingredient for this challenge is bacon and I did think of making some pumpkin muffins or cake and add bacon to the frosting.  That seemed to simple and not thinking outside of the box.   So, I set aside my thoughts of pumpkin being used in a savory dish and went with a Ratotouille type dish.  I am now a fan of pumpkin as a "vegetable".

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1/2 tsp oil
1/2 cup diced shallot
1 diced garlic
1 1/2 cup peeled, seeded and diced pumpkin
1/2 cup peeled, seeded and diced acorn squash
1/2 small zucchini diced
2 small tomatoes diced
1/8 tsp rosemary
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 smoked spanish paprika
4 slices bacon - crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Add oil to pan (I used my cast iron frying pan) and heat. 
Once oil hot, add onions and cook on medium high for approx 5 minutes until they are golden brown.
Add garlic and cook for another minute.
Add pumpkin, acorn squash, zucchini and tomatoes.
Sprinkle rosemary, thyme and paprika over everything.  
Add salt and pepper to taste
Crumble bacon over everything.
Cover and cook on low until vegetables are tender about 30 minutes.  
Serve hot.

Cooks note:  I sliced my finger when attempting to peel pumpkin, so instead of cutting my finger again I decided to cook the pumpkin slightly before peeling.  I did this by cutting it in small pieces putting in dish and adding small amount of water and cooking in microwave for 2 minutes.. this made it much easier to peel.  For the acorn squash I made about 4 slices into the squash and placed in microwave on high for 4 minutes, this made it much easier to cut and peel... and no more bleeding. 

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Last month I made an Apple Basil Chicken Panini.

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  1. Your SRC recipe looks amazing Marlys! I love the freshness of the ratatouille. Great fall flavours.

  2. This sounds really good! I will have to give it a try for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Now I am curious...I wish I could do a taste test thru my laptop. That looks good!!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful fall side dish!

  5. That looks really good! We ended up with an abundance of pumpkins this year. Although we are not big pumpkin flavoring fans, I think we might have to try this one! You can't go wrong with BACON!

  6. This looks so good! What a great way to use this months ingredients.

  7. OH MY YUMMMM!!! I totally NEED to make this!!!

  8. Marlys, this looks amazing! I've never actually eaten pumpkin unless it's been pureed and sweetened into some kind of dessert...I forget that it can be eaten like any other squash. And of course, bacon makes everything wonderful :)

  9. This does sound really good. I love pumpkin a lot. Not so much bacon, but I'll eat anything with pumpkin!

  10. I like using pumpkin in a ratatouille.
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  11. this looks delicious. Thanks for the tip on peeling the pumpkin. I'd probably lose a finger.

  12. Looks great Marlys! I love how versatile pumpkin is and really love it in hot salads like this. :)

  13. Love this. Pumpkin has always been savoury for me


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