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A Plethora of Pumpkin Preparations

September 24th, 2014 by Cobwebs

PumpkinsAutumn is here (“here” being the northern hemisphere), which means an onslaught of Pumpkin Spice everything. Things that have no business being pumpkin-spice are tarted up; if there was a pumpkin spice dog food I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. (Edit: See also this. Jesus wept.)

The noble pumpkin is better than sweet one-note dishes. It’s a nutritious vegetable and is wonderful in all kinds of savory dishes. Here’s a roundup. (Note: Some of the recipes labeled as “vegetarian” call for chicken stock; just substitute vegetable broth. But you knew that.)

Pumpkin is a great addition to chilis and stews; you can add it as a puree to thicken the liquid and add creaminess, or cut it into cubes for texture and flavor.

With meat:
Pork and Pumpkin Chili
Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin & Beef Autumn Stew
Pork and Pumpkin Stew

Vegetarian:
Pumpkin Chili (The Kitchn)
Pumpkin Chili (Julia’s Album)
Moroccan Pumpkin Stew

Soups are a very popular non-sweet way to use pumpkin.

With meat:
Cheesy Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Crispy Shallots
Pumpkin and Pancetta Soup
Pumpkin Soup with Sausage
Pumpkin and Lobster Bisque

Vegetarian:
Pumpkin Soup with Ginger Cream
Pumpkin and Yellow Split Pea Soup
Curry Pumpkin Soup
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Kabocha Pumpkin Hot Pot
Pumpkin and Chestnut Soup

It’s also great in pasta.

With meat:
Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta
Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta (although “bacon” and “healthy” should ideally never be used in the same sentence)
Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta

Vegetarian:
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Pumpkin-Sage Cream Sauce
One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Pumpkin Lasagna
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter

And if you’re really hardcore, you can even make your own pumpkin pasta noodles:

Homemade Pumpkin Pasta
Pumpkin Gnocchi

Other main dishes:

With meat:
Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas
Pumpkin Shrimp Curry
Pumpkin Tortilla Casserole with Chicken
Smoky Braised Mexican Pumpkin
Chicken, Pumpkin, and Sage Pies

Vegetarian:
Pumpkin Quesadillas
Eggplant Pumpkin Peanut Curry (omit the fish sauce)
Pumpkin Enchiladas
Roast Pumpkin with Cheese “Fondue”

A few side dishes:
Roasted Squash with Rajas, Cumin, and Crema
Pumpkin Gratin
Roasted Pumpkin with Shallots
Ginger Roasted Pumpkin + Quinoa Salad

Some breads:
Pumpkin Cheese Scones
Savory Kale and Pumpkin Scones
Savory Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Rosemary Bread
Pumpkin Biscuits (note that “biscuit” is used in the American sense, we call those other biscuits “cookies”)
Savory Parmesan Crusted Pumpkin Biscuits
Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

And some other interesting uncategorized stuff:
Savory Pumpkin Dip (My Whole Food Life)
Savory Pumpkin Dip (Gimme Some Oven)
Pumpkin Pesto
Mexican Pumpkin Punch
Pumpkin Latkes
Pumpkin Fritters

:::whew::: That’s a lotta pumpkin.

p.s. – If you simply can’t do without your sweet pumpkin spice fix, check out this knockoff pumpkin spice latte and these pumpkin spice truffles.

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  1. Pixel Pixie Says:

    This is all an elaborate scheme to get my polenta recipe, isn’t it?!

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