Sept. 10, 2014
Unique Pumpkin Varieties Debut At Local Winn-Dixie Stores
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Pumpkin season has arrived, and Winn-Dixie is lining its shelves with an exciting new variety of pumpkin products, pleasing to every palate.
Pumpkin remains a centerpiece to Fall holidays and traditions, however the nutritious and versatile plant, rich in vitamins and sweet in flavor, has transcended through time from patch to produce to plate. Winn-Dixie stores showcase an assortment of pumpkin products, including: cookies, butter, marshmallows, chips and salsa, whoopie pies, muffins, cakes, coffees and creamers. Winn-Dixie will also provide customers with unique new pumpkin recipes in-store, tailored to all dietary and ethnic appetites.
Commonly used in desserts, pumpkin can also be included in dinner recipes like the one below.
Chicken Baked with Pumpkin and PeanutsIngredients
- 4 pounds chicken pieces, both white and dark parts
- 2 large onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 pie pumpkin or butternut squash, about 2 pounds, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
- 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, very hot
- 1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 400° F.
In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, place onions and pumpkin (or squash). In a medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, half of the salt and half of the cayenne pepper. Gradually stir in hot chicken broth, melting the peanut butter. Stir in half of the lemon juice. Pour over the pumpkin and onions.
Place chicken on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle chicken with remaining salt, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Sprinkle black pepper over chicken.
Bake for 1 hour, until pumpkin is tender and fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. Sprinkle with peanuts.
Pumpkin, traditionally savored for its pies, seeds and lantern carvings, is now trending bakeries, tailgate parties, coffee dates and cocktail parties. Pumpkin is the Fall "must have" for unique culinary delights, liquid spice and creative DIY décor.
Winn-Dixie stores continue to stock and sell pumpkins for traditional carving, but today’s holiday pumpkins are also painted, etched and used as floral vases.
Winn-Dixie salutes the pumpkin for all of its delectable and creative purposes, and encourages customers to taste and enjoy the latest variety of pumpkin products, unique recipes and floral decor.
Pumpkins were originally utilized as a source of both food and storage. Native Americans roasted, baked and boiled pumpkin, and also dried the shell for bowls and containers. Pilgrims developed the first version of pumpkin pie; however, the colonial pie differed from the traditional pumpkin pie prepared today. In this innate origin, the top was cut and seeds were removed, and the pumpkin was filled with cream, honey, eggs and spices, then buried in hot ashes to cook. The finished product was scooped and served similar to custard.
The popular Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated in Ireland, but instead of pumpkins, turnips and potatoes were used. It wasn’t until Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered pumpkins that the new Jack-o-lantern ritual was born.
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Bi-Lo Holdings, which is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket in the United States based on store count. Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie employs more than 48,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 546 grocery stores and 415 in-store pharmacies throughout the five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.comand www.winndixie.com
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