Watch Tom Holland Try Pumpkin for the First Time!
Tom Holland recently tried pumpkin for the first time, and now he can’t get enough of it! The British actor sampled the tasty gourd Wednesday, November 21, during a Thanksgiving cooking lesson with Avengers codirector Joe Russo and chef Jessica Largey, who whipped up a pumpkin-based dish that has since won Holland’s heart.
Largey, who was cooking in the kitchen of Los Angeles restaurant Simone, which Russo is part owner of, threw together a delicious combo of kabocha squash – also known as Japanese pumpkin – chanterelle mushrooms, kale and passion fruit.
“I think I’ve had pumpkin seeds,” Holland said prior to tasting the dish. “But I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten a pumpkin.”
“You’re going to love this pumpkin,” Russo assured the Spider-Man: Homecoming star.
Replied Holland, 22, “It’s hard that I’m starting with probably the best pumpkin I’ll ever have. Every pumpkin after this will be a disappointment.”
And Russo was right. Holland did fall head over heels for his first pumpkin-centric meal. “That’s so good,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “So, I’ll come back tomorrow.”
The Avengers: Infinity War actor also praised other elements of Largey’s dish, adding, “That’s so good, the passionfruit as well. And the kale is crunchy so there’s a nice like textural thing.”
Though he may be a pumpkin neophyte, Holland has picked up a few impressive kitchen skills and meal prep hacks. The U.K.-born actor recalled recently learning about a recipe on Instagram that calls for cheese to be placed at the bottom of a mug, followed by layers of basil, tomato sauce, and rigatoni, which is then topped with another helping of cheese. “You put a plate on, flip it that way and bake it. Then you take it off and you have a pasta pie — it’s really good and it’s super easy to do and it looks way more impressive than it actually is,” Holland explained. “That’s my go-to.”
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