Discovering fresh sugar pie pumpkins opened up a whole new world of cooking for me. I still use canned pumpkin in many recipes, but being that I love to cook and bake, I’m always eager to explore a variety of ways to use pumpkin for both sweet and savory dishes. Here are seven fun and delicious things to do with pumpkin:
Make chili. Serve a steaming hot bowl of Pumpkin Chili Con Queso opens in a new tab with tomatoes, cheese and jalapeños or Pumpkin Turkey Chili opens in a new tab made with kidney beans, spices and ground turkey. Be sure to add some hot, fresh cornbread and a leafy green salad.
Serve soup. Pumpkin soup is warming and filling, similar to butternut squash soup. Freshly peeled and chopped pumpkin can be simmered in stock with a variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs and spices for a filling, nourishing meal. Pumpkin Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts opens in a new tab is flavored with aromatic vegetables, sautéed and simmered with pumpkin purée.
Enjoy Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread opens in a new tab with a cup of tea or coffee for a relaxing afternoon snack. Try it with cream cheese or a favorite nut butter.
Surprise your family and guests with these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles opens in a new tab. Chunks of white chocolate, gingersnaps, pumpkin and graham crackers all combine to make these wonderful little treats.
Fill your home with the mouth-watering aroma of Pumpkin Dutch Baby Pancake opens in a new tab for breakfast or brunch. Whole grain flour, warming spices and pumpkin purée are combined and baked in a cast iron skillet to make a Dutch baby pancake everyone will love.
Bake buttermilk Pumpkin Blue Cheese Biscuits opens in a new tab and serve as a savory accompaniment to soup, stew or salad.
Pumpkin pie, my favorite fall dessert, must remain on the menu throughout the winter months. Whether you’re serving Thanksgiving dessert or guests at a holiday party, our Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust and Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Cream opens in a new tab will have everyone coming back for seconds. And if you’ve not had a savory pumpkin pie, look no further than our Pumpkin and Mushroom Pie opens in a new tab, stuffed with pumpkin, mushrooms, lentils and feta cheese. It’s baked similar to turnover in a whole grain crust.
If time permits, you may want to experiment with freshly baked pumpkin. Sugar pumpkins, often labeled “pie pumpkins” work beautifully. To bake a pumpkin, use this Easiest Whole Roasted Winter Squash recipe opens in a new tab.
What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? Have you cooked or baked with fresh pumpkin? Let me know in the comment section below.