Pumpkin Recipe Ideas – Sweet And Savory Surprises
Pumpkins are everywhere the minute summer starts to fade and fall approaches. No matter where you turn, there is a pumpkin with a candle inside of it, fields of pumpkins to be chosen, piles of pumpkins, people dressed as pumpkins, and even trash bags for your leaves that mimic pumpkins. If you have extra pumpkins to use up, try some great pumpkin recipes!
A plate of pumpkin cookies is a surprising sweet treat after dinner. Pumpkin pie won’t even be missed when you serve up a variety of desserts like pumpkin dip with ginger cookies, pumpkin mousse, pumpkin torte, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cheesecake, or even a pumpkin souffle.
You can make pumpkin chips by roasting thin pieces of a sugar pumpkin, sprinkle them with cinnamon, and serve with a cream cheese dip flavored with nutmeg and allspice and other pumpkin pie flavors. And don’t forget pumpkin fudge.
When you think about serving pumpkin in something other than a dessert, a casserole comes to mind almost immediately. And when you’re thinking about casseroles, you should think about Kürbisauflauf. This is a great German pumpkin casserole made with potatoes, apples, breadcrumbs, and pumpkin as the main ingredients and usually served with fruit compote.
Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient to add to pancakes, muffins or waffles. Pumpkin offers moisture as well as lots of fiber for a nutritious and delicious breakfast. You may want to add pumpkin to your favorite yogurt and granola parfait for breakfast.
If doughnuts are your favorite breakfast treat, why not add pumpkin? It is a simple matter of combining your doughnut ingredients with pumpkin pie filling and cooking them up as you normally would. That plate of doughnuts all of a sudden is very seasonal and festive. Is a hot bowl of oatmeal your go-to breakfast? Why not perk it up with pumpkin! Add your favorite spices, some raisins, and you have a hot breakfast that kicks the nutrition level up a notch or two.
If sweet isn’t your thing, you may want to turn your sights on savory flavors. Remember, pumpkin puree has very little flavor of its own. For that reason, pumpkin is the perfect vehicle for other flavors. And, because pumpkin is packed with nutritional fiber, it’s a great choice for healthy diets, as well. Pumpkin puree, either homemade or canned, can be mixed with other pureed root crops like rutabaga, turnips, carrots, potatoes, or parsnips, to make hearty soups.
Pumpkin drinks are an instantaneous hit anywhere they are served. Some pumpkin beverages are simply pumpkin desserts cleverly disguised as a drink. Pumpkin pie smoothies and pumpkin cheesecake shakes are two that come to mind. Whipping up these drinks is as simple as getting out your blender and making your favorite dessert with a little added milk or ice cream. Of course, pumpkin pie hot chocolate is another favorite.
You can even go the adult beverage route with many recipes that combine pumpkin puree or pumpkin liqueurs. Some drinks simply play on the flavors we associate with pumpkin pie; the spices, that is. But others do actually call for combining pumpkin pie filling with ingredients like Kaluha or rum, and whipping it all up into a frothy drink topped with whipped cream. This would be a sort of dessert drink with a pumpkin twist.
Whether you’re looking for new recipes to serve pumpkin in sweet ways, or you’re trying to steer your pumpkin away from sweet and into savory, all it takes is a bit of creativity. Experiment with a variety of flavors, both savory and sweet, to bring out the very best of everything pumpkin has to offer. Remember, pumpkin does not taste like pumpkin pie on its own. That means, you can start fresh!