Pumpkin feta dishes are commonly cooked in the Mediterranean. Pumpkin has a mild sweet taste and it combines well with feta cheese. Pumpkin may be combined with tomatoes, garlic, spinach, onion, feta and parmesan cheese to form pies, tarts, pizza, casseroles, grills and bakes.
Preparation Overview of Pumpkin Feta
Pumpkin feta combinations can be prepared in many ways. Whole pumpkins are shelled, cored and cubed for the dish and combined with brined feta cheese. Crumbled or cubed feta cheese may be used in the recipe. Traditionally, in Greece, a whole cored pumpkin is cooked with eggs, feta cheese, butter and milk to make a pie. The vegetable may also be cubed and simmered in tomato based gravy and sprinkled over with cheese. Another variation is grilling the pumpkin and serving it with feta cheese as a salad. A whole range of ingredients like parmesan cheese, onions, tomatoes, shallots, bay leaves etc. may be used.
Serving and Eating Pumpkin Feta
Pumpkin feta combinations may be served hot or cold as casseroles, bakes, muffins, risottos, soups or salads. Usually, fresh toasted bread and butter are served alongside.
Popular Pumpkin Feta Recipe Variations
Roasted pumpkin and feta cheese salad is made by roasting the whole pumpkin, garlic, baby shallots, bay leaves and fresh red chilies in olive oil. The cubed vegetables are then garnished with feta cheese and cream and served hot.
Pumpkin feta pasta is a popular dish prepared by Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver. Kent pumpkin is roasted with pepper, garlic, rosemary and olive oil. It is then served with pasta, diced feta, and garlic cloves in olive oil, parsley, pepper and salt.
Pumpkin feta sweet potato pie is a simple dish prepared by wrapping a mix of butternut squash, red sweet potato, garlic olive oil, red onions, rosemary, salt, black pepper and oregano in shortcrust pastry to make a freeform pie.
Pumpkin, Lentil & Feta Pithivier is a pie made by stuffing shortcrust pastry with roasted pumpkins, lentils and feta cheese.
Savory pumpkin feta pie or kolokithopia is a savory pumpkin and feta pie that is famous in Greece. In this recipe, simmered pumpkin is layered with feta cheese and filo pastry and baked till crisp.
Savory pumpkin and feta cheese fritters are remarkably easy to make. They are prepared by combining grated pumpkins with crumbled feta cheese. Onions, fresh herbs like parsley, dill, mint and eggs are added to taste.
Pumpkin feta risottos are prepared by adding the peeled, roasted, cubed pumpkin to vegetable broth along with garlic, onions, baby spinach leaves, and salt. This stock is then gradually added to Arborio rice to make roasted pumpkin risotto.