I froze my fresh pumpkin in order to use it in my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, which I made yesterday. I noticed a few differences in the resultant pie - the color was a little brighter, it tasted sweeter and the texture was softer, which I did not like. It reminded me of the texture of mashed sweet potatoes. I liked mashed sweet potatoes as a savory dish, but not dessert.
This leads me to wonder what is pumpkin pie "supposed" to taste like? I assume that the pie that is made with fresh pumpkin is how the pie was intended to taste, but I don't like it. However, maybe I do not like it because I'm used to pie made with canned pumpkin and my taste buds don't know what the good stuff tastes like? Or if I had only been offered pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin would I have decided I did not like it?
I do know this, I tried sweet potato pie once and no, I didn't like it which leads me to believe I wouldn't have become the pumpkin pie lover that I am today had I been exposed to fresh pumpkin containing pies as a kid. Next year I'm back to using canned.
We made one other change in our Thanksgiving menu this year. We opted to use fresh green beans in a dish that didn't include mushroom soup. They were delicious and I will absolutely make them again. Here is the recipe:
Garlicky Green Beans with Mushrooms