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Cheesy Pumpkin Nuggets

How to Serve Pumpkins to Kids

Treat the kids with a delicious and equally nutritious pumpkin snack with these cheesy nuggets. Nuggets are one of their favorites but pumpkin isn't! Solve the problem by preparing this easy to serve family recipe.

Nuggets Ingredients:

  • 500g bag chopped pumpkin
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup grated tasty cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 24 bambini bocconcini
  • Vegetable oil, for shallow-frying
  • 2 x 35g sachets chimichurri finishing drizzle
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Extra 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, to garnish

Easy to Prepare Pumpkin Nuggets

Place pumpkin in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 8 minutes or until very tender. Drain. Mash. Cool 15 minutes.
Combine mashed pumpkin, egg, cheese, flour, onion salt, baking powder and 1/3 cup breadcrumbs in a bowl. Season with pepper. Roll tablespoons of mixture around bocconcini to enclose. Place on a large plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to come 3cm up side of pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Place extra egg in a shallow bowl. Place remaining breadcrumbs in a separate bowl.
Coat nuggets, one at a time, in egg, then toss in breadcrumbs. Shallow-fry nuggets, in batches, turning, for 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. Drain on a tray lined with paper towel.
Meanwhile, combine chimichurri sauce, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small serving bowl.
Sprinkle nuggets with parsley. Serve with creamy chimichurri.

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