PRODUCTION

Smoking Pumpkins

Well, we’re not really recommending “smoking” a pumpkin or a pumpkin pie for that matter, but your Traeger Grill is a great oven for baking a great pumpkin pie with the added benefit and flavor of (Apple) hardwood.
Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family.
It’s native to North America and particularly popular around Thanksgiving and Halloween.
In the US, pumpkin typically refers to Cucurbita pepo, an orange type of winter squash. In other regions, such as Australia, pumpkin may refer to any type of winter squash.
While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits.
Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkin is nutritious and linked to many health benefits.

Pumpkin Pie on the Traeger

TRAEGER PUMPKIN PIE
After your early morning turkey-trot, reward yourself with an extra-wide slice of this smooth & spiced homemade pumpkin pie. Pie isn’t only for dessert.

PREP TIME COOK TIME SERVES HARDWOOD
10 MINS 50 MINS 6-8 APPLE

INGREDIENTS

• 4 OZ. CREAM CHEESE, ROOM TEMPERATURE

• 1 (15 OZ.) CAN PUMPKIN PUREE

• 1/3 CUP HEAVY WHIPPED CREAM

• 1/2 CUP BROWN SUGAR, FIRMLY PACKED

• 1 TSP. PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

• 3 LARGE EGGS

• 1 (9 INCH) FROZEN, PIE CRUST SHELL, KEPT IN FOIL PIE TIN

• FOR SERVING: WHIP CREAM

PREPARATION
When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 325F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, puree, milk, sugar, and spice. One at a time, incorporate an egg to mixture. Pour mixture into pie shell.

Bake for 50 minutes, edges should be golden and pie should be firm around edges with slight movement in middle. Let cool before whip cream is applied.

Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is also relatively low in calories, as it’s 94% water. It’s also very high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A.
Moreover, pumpkin seeds are edible, nutritious and linked to numerous health benefits. So save the seeds! Use this Traeger recipe to roast the seeds for a tasty and nutritious fall snack.

Pumpkin Seeds on Traeger

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

Don’t throw those pumpkin seeds out after you carve your pumpkins for Halloween. Toss them in some oil and salt and let your Traeger create a fun and healthy wood fired snack.

PREP TIME COOK TIME SERVES HARDWOOD
5 MINS 40 MINS 8-12 HICKORY

INGREDIENTS

• SEEDS FROM 1 PUMPKIN, PREFERABLY FROM A PIE PUMPKIN

• 1 TBSP VEGETABLE OIL

• JACOBSON SALT OR SMOKED SALT, TO TASTE

PREPARATION
As soon as possible after removing the seeds from the pumpkin, rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water in a colander and pick out the pulp and strings.

Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 180 degrees F (set to Super Smoke mode if using a WiFIRE-enabled grill) and preheat, lid closed 10-15 minutes.

Place the baking sheet with the seeds on the grill grate, close the lid, and smoke for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle your seeds with salt and turn the temperature on your grill up to 325 degrees F.

Roast the seeds until toasted, about 20 minutes. Check and stir seeds after the first 10 minutes.

Seeds will be brown because they were smoked before being roasted. Enjoy!

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