Pumpkin Bites, blink and they’re gone!

My kids generally turn their noses up at pumpkins. The mere mention of the word is enough to bring on the shudders and goosebumps, they say. Yet these homemade pumpkin bites get gobbled up real fast.

I borrowed the idea for this dish from the Buddhist temple we go to which is where we first tasted them. This is something on their vegetarian lunch menu but it seems we’re never early enough to catch them before they run out. I wasn’t sure who to ask for the recipe as volunteer chefs come and go, so I decided to go ahead and create my own.

Here’s what I used:

  • pumpkin puree
  • flour
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • breadcrumbs

Mix about a tablespoon of flour into your bowl of pumpkin puree. Season with salt and pepper. Plop a spoonful onto the palm of your hand, roll into a ball and coat with breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs is entirely my idea. I had some expiring breadcrumbs in the fridge that I had to use up.

Instead of deep-frying, I used only about an inch of cooking oil. The end result is less oily. Just give these bad boys a few minutes on each side till they’re golden brown. Drain well, set them on a platter and watch them disappear. Don’t even blink! 😉

When you bite into a piece, be prepared for a mouthful of sweetness punctuated only by that tiny burst of sea salt in the mix. What a great way to trick the kids into eating a bit of pumpkin goodness! Do your kids balk at pumpkin? If they do, this might be a good thing to try.

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