Peel a part of the kabocha squash to use as decorations later. Cut the rest of the kabocha and microwave. ※ Don't heat the peel yet.
Whilst the kabocha is still warm, mash and combine it well with the katakuriko.
Cut the kabocha squash peel into the shapes you want for decoration and microwave for 30 seconds.
Press the kabocha squash into oval shapes and use a spoon to engrave lines on the surface. Press the peel on the kabocha to make the Jack-O'-Lantern face. Lightly oil a frying pan and cook both sides through.
Mix the sauce and they're done.
Story Behind this Recipe
My mum used to make these for me. Since Halloween is coming up, I made this.
If you're going to use the peel to decorate the dumplings, I recommend peeling whilst the kabocha squash is still raw as it won't break apart so easily. When putting the mixture in the moulds or making the faces, flatten the surface to get an even bake I increased the amount of sugar in the sauce I made and used it to decorate the plate.