Pumpkin Puree layered with Pepita Pesto

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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!

  • 800 g Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 150 ml Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 40 g Pepitas, toasted
  • 1 cup Lemon balm leaves
  • 1 cup Flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 25 g Parmesan, grated
  • 100 ml Coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  1. 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.
  2. Toast pepitas in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden in spots and puffed, about 4 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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81 comments:

Nammi 21/10/12 07:08

lemon balm? First time hearing about it. A new version of pesto, love the bright green against the beautiful orange

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Guru Uru 21/10/12 07:11

Layered with pesto, this looks utterly beautiful my friend :D
Also just want to make sure, you received your giveaway prize right?

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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Premalatha Aravindhan 21/10/12 08:20

wow yummy recipe,too gud presentation...

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Simple Living 21/10/12 08:20

Such healthy looking concoction...must taste so gooooood with those crunchy seeds on top too :-)

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My Kitchen Stories. 21/10/12 08:28

The colours and the photos are stunning Angie

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OohLookBel 21/10/12 09:27

You've presented the puree so beautifully. Bet it tastes great, too =)

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Cherine 21/10/12 09:30

A beautiful combination! It's soup time!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 21/10/12 09:39

This savory verrine is very original and looks delicious! A great idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Isabel - Frabisa 21/10/12 10:30

Impresionante! Me ha encantado, es muy original y el look, fantástico.

Saludos

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Angie's Recipes 21/10/12 11:46

@Guru Uru Yes, just got your email. Thanks my dear.

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Beth 21/10/12 11:47

This is the perfect time of year for posting pumpkin recipes! That truly is a beautiful appetizer.

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The Café Sucré Farine 21/10/12 12:24

This is gorgeous, Angie, like a piece of art work! I love all the flavors you've got going on here with the coconut cream, Parmesan and lemon balm, wow!

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Mich Piece of Cake 21/10/12 12:49

These look so beautiful, love the alternating green and gold color... i think pesto would be delicious with the pumpkin.

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Vicki Bensinger 21/10/12 14:31

I love this appetizer. The combination of the pumpkin with coconut milk sounds fantastic then layering it with it with a pepita pesto is genius. I love it. One question - you serve it with spoons to eat like ice cream or as a dip? Stunning!!

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daphne 21/10/12 14:42

I like the layers- the sweetness from the pumpkin, punch from the pesto and creaminess from the coconut cream! Very appealing to the eye and tastebuds.

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kitchen flavours 21/10/12 15:47

Wow, such a lovely appetizer! Have not heard of pepita pesto! Looks wonderful!

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the food dude 21/10/12 16:04

Awesome flavor combo, and the colors are amazing! Beautiful photos!

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Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 21/10/12 17:02

Tasty combination! Looks so colorful, unique and pretty and just perfect to start a delicious Autumn meal.

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wok with ray 21/10/12 17:36

There are foods that you just want to look at and not eat (yet) and this is one of them. Beautiful presentation! Have a good week, Angie! :)

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Susan 21/10/12 19:36

Just wonderful and what a way to start a meal, XOXO

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Pola M 21/10/12 21:05

What an interesting idea! I for sure would beg for more!

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Pegasuslegend 21/10/12 21:19

Spectacular and so creative!

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Lizzy Do 22/10/12 02:04

So beautiful, Angie! Love the vibrant layers.

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Words Of Deliciousness 22/10/12 05:21

Sounds tasty. The pictures are beautiful!

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Cass @foodmyfriend 22/10/12 06:58

This looks so pretty and so yummy! Great recipe. I'm loving the coloured layers. I have only ever made coriander or basil pesto. I need to get onto this!

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The Squishy Monster 22/10/12 07:32

Is it bad that I want to take spoonfuls of this and smear it on bread and gobble it up quickly? =)

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Amy 22/10/12 07:47

I love Japanese pumpkin! They are just lovely. What a great combination of flavor to layer it with pesto. :)

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Baker Street 22/10/12 12:17

Pepita pesto is such a brilliant idea!! Hand me a spoon already!

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My Little Space 22/10/12 14:54

Oh my goodness Angie, you're such a creative cook. This pumpkin appetizer will definitely keep everyone for wanting more. Kudos! Hope you're going to have a great week ahead. More pumpkin recipes coming soon? :o)
Kristy

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Anne Regalado 22/10/12 15:10

The flavor combination sounds interesting ! The thought of pepita pesto makes me drool ! lol Photos are awesome as always !

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ping 22/10/12 15:50

Oh my! These flavors will be dancing together to one great tastebud tune! I've never come across a combination like that but I can just imagine them .... truly exotic! Those pics are great too, Angie!

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Spicie Foodie 22/10/12 16:01

Okay my mouth is seriously watering now:) Sounds so good!

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Kate@Diethood 22/10/12 16:10

Your photos are gorgeous!! And delicious!

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Tricia 22/10/12 17:00

What a wonderful combination of flavors. So creative and interesting Angie - and the "clicks" are terrific! Have a great week.

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Sandra M. 22/10/12 17:09

Amazing recipe as well as the pictures themselves! Had to share it! Looks absolutely fantastic!

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Pam 22/10/12 17:50

It looks colorful and delicious!

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Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin 22/10/12 17:57

Such a healthy dish! I love the photos - so bright and colorful! :)

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Katerina 22/10/12 18:03

This appetizer definitely makes you want more! Looks delicious!

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Erica 22/10/12 19:14

This looks amazing,Angie!Love the presentation and colors!

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Patty 22/10/12 19:42

Very pretty, love the layering with the bright colors- your appetizers just pop out of the screen;-)

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Barbara 22/10/12 21:08

Wow, Angie. Looks spectacular and I bet it tastes wonderful. What a treat that would be for a first course!

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Gourmandelle 22/10/12 21:29

Such a beautiful presentation :)

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 22/10/12 22:27

I can imagine how great these taste but what a lovely presentation too!

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Norma Chang 22/10/12 23:04

I like the presentation in the champagne flute the best.

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Velva 22/10/12 23:42

This is using pumpkin in a really creative way. This is beautiful.

Velva

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Debra Eliotseats 23/10/12 00:33

You had me at pesto and I just happen to have a few extra cups of pureed pumpkin! :)

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 23/10/12 01:30

Beautiful! I love the idea of making a pesto with pepitas too!

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Reeni Pisano 23/10/12 03:17

Stunning flavors and colors Angie! So clever too. This would be great for our Thanksgiving!

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mjskit 23/10/12 04:01

I'm just going to have to ditto everyone else - what a beautiful dish! Love the pepita pesto and have clever separating the seeds from the meat then putting it all back together again! :) Great dish!

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Shirley Tay 23/10/12 04:26

Love the colour combination & presentation! This is just perfect for entertaining. Angie, I'm following u now at GFC & would love to have u follow me too :)

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Balvinder Ubi 23/10/12 04:27

I have never seen such pretty and healthy appetizer, Who wants dessert after such nice appetizer?

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Ann@Anncoo Journal 23/10/12 04:30

WOW! This dessert looks so pretty :)

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twodogsinthekitchen 23/10/12 05:21

This is so colorful and pretty. I love the combination. Pesto rocks!!

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Cheah 23/10/12 05:47

This is so extraordinary and I just like to admire at your clicks!

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Michael Toa 23/10/12 10:46

Looks great! But I need to find out what pepitas are. I love your presentation. Beautiful as always...

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Joanne 23/10/12 13:00

A savory parfait!! Now THAT is a great idea.

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RavieNomNoms 23/10/12 16:44

Look at how beautifully colored this is!! So delicious!

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Kitcheninspirations 23/10/12 17:34

Seasonal and do pretty too! Eould you eat this as an appetizer course?

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Vijitha 23/10/12 18:09

Such a beautiful presentation. I am loving the colors in it.

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Cheap Ethnic Eatz 23/10/12 19:23

Angie this is just brilliant and gorgeous, like stunning. Lemon balm leaves I have not come across yet.

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vianney 23/10/12 21:09

This is stunning, wonderful colors and bursting with flavor~~ LOVE

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Catherine 23/10/12 21:16

Dear Angie, This is a beautiful presentation for the holiday table. It is also very delicious sounding. Blessings my dear. Catherine xo

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Devaki 23/10/12 21:50

You are just amazing - who turns pumpkin and pesto into a parfait? Angie! Fantastic and here you are at one of your creative bests :)

chow:) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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Helene Dsouza 24/10/12 12:27

Angie, this is another ingenious creation of yours. I fell in love at it only while looking and reading through the title. Again, I wished you were my neighbor. ^.^

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lena 24/10/12 17:29

i hv never come across anything like this but i so like the colours and presentation!

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Elisabeth 24/10/12 18:58

Certainly a clever way to serve this amazing pumpkin puree layered with the oh, so yummy pesto, and toasted pepitas! Angie, I have to search 'high and low' for these kind of creative and unusual recipes, and always, but always 'good for you' things:) xo

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Rebecca Subbiah 25/10/12 02:39

wow you always surprise me with your genius what do you do for a living are you a chef?

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 25/10/12 04:23

LOVE the use of coconut cream in this recipe!

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Gloria 25/10/12 17:09

ANgie love so much this pesto look amazing!!

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Terra 26/10/12 03:30

I would never have thought to put pesto and pumpkin together, but wow it sounds wonderful! It looks so beautiful:-) Hugs, Terra

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Amy (Savory Moments) 27/10/12 00:27

This is so creative - I've never seen a dish like this before. Bravo! Beautiful, too!

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Amelia 27/10/12 05:35

Hi Angie, beautiful dessert, the layering look so pretty.
As usual nice click.

Have a nice weekend, regards.

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The Healthy Apple 28/10/12 03:45

This looks amazing! I am so happy to have found your blog. Thank you for your comment today; loving your recipes and can't wait to read more!

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tigerfish 29/10/12 11:18

The concept is very interesting and creative. This can even be some kind of sauce/dressing for my pasta too!

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Magdalena 1/11/12 23:53

Hello :) It looks nice, but what pepita is ?

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midnightvisitor 25/1/13 04:10

Fab post. It looks so yummy and inviting. Love desserts! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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