Thursday, 26 October 2017

National Pumpkin Day Recipe - Pumpkin Chili Con Carne with Mini Jacket Potatoes & Watercress Creme Fraiche

Today is National Pumpkin Day so I thought I’d share this Pumpkin Chili Con Carne recipe with you. It would also be ideal to serve on Halloween. The recipe is from and as you’d expect it also features watercress. Watercress is a versatile salad leaf that can be used in a variety of different ways. I must admit that it’s not an ingredient that we’d usually use, but I’ve been browsing through the watercress website and there are a few recipes that I’d definitely like to try. 

Here’s the recipe for the Pumpkin Chili Con Carne.

Pumpkin Chili Con Carne with Mini Jacket Potatoes and Watercress Crème Fraîche

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Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

500g ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, de-seeded and diced
1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tin tomato juice
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 small pumpkin or butternut squash
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp chili powder
½ tbsp dark brown soft sugar
1 tsp yeast extract
1 tub crème fraîche 
30g watercress, finely chopped.
700g baby potatoes
Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.  Peel and halve the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.  Dice half of the pumpkin into 1cm cubes and reserve.  Chop the remaining pumpkin into large chunks, place in an oven tray, drizzle with oil and season.  Roast in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large pot on a medium-high heat.  Add half the oil and heat until beginning to smoke.  Add the minced beef and fry until browned.  Drain the beef onto some kitchen towel.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium.  Add the beef back to the pan then add in the onion, diced pumpkin and pepper, cooking until onions are translucent.  Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a further minute before adding the kidney beans, tomato juice, chili powder, sugar, yeast extract and chopped tomatoes.  Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for one hour
  4. Place the potatoes in an oven tray, drizzle with vegetable oil and season.  Place in the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through and crisp on the outside.
  5. Once the roasted pumpkin is cooked, remove from the oven and place into a blender.  Add a ladleful of liquid from the chili and blend until smooth.  Add to the simmering pot and stir through.  Mix together the crème fraiche and watercress and add seasoning to taste.
  6. Divide the potatoes between four bowls.  Add a ladleful of chilli and serve with a generous dollop of crème fraîche

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