"Pumpkins are believed to have originated in
Central America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico,
dating back over 7000 years to 5500 B.C. Native
American Indians used pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries before
the pilgrims landed. When white settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins
grown by the Indians. Pumpkin soon became a staple in their diets, too.
They also brought seeds back to Europe, where they quickly became
Peel pumpkin, remove
seeds and stringy bits. Dice into 2-3 cm cubes and wash in running
cold water. Boil diced pumpkin until tender and ready to be mashed.
Drain cooked pumpkin pieces. Mash to a smooth purée while still hot.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese. Mix well
together. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 egg yolks. Mix
well together and gradually add 100 ml milk. Blend manually until well
Pour the purée into a
non-stick or pre-buttered baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and grated
Parmesan cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven in mid position at 180°C.
Cook until the topping turns to a light golden colour.
Serve as an
accompaniment for roasts and steaks, with fresh crusty French
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