Silky puree of roasted hokkaido pumpkin flavoured with coconut milk and lemon juice layered with pepita pesto with lemon balm and parsley that will leave your picky family members begging for more. Indulge yourself, family and friends with this light and wonderful seasonal appetizer!
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Quarter the hokkaido pumpkin. Remove the seeds and place them, cut side down, in a baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in 1 cup of water and wrap with a large piece of tin foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Toast pepitas in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden in spots and puffed, about 4 minutes.
- Place lemon balm, parsley, pepitas, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt in food processor. Cover and process just until smooth. Gradually add in olive oil with machine running. Process until well blended and smooth.
- Allow the pumpkin to cool 10 minutes. Then, scoop out the cooked pulp and discard the skins. Puree the pumpkin pulp in a blender with coconut cream and lemon juice until smooth. Layer the pumpkin puree with pesto in glasses.