When I was in Australia several years ago, one of the things the family I stayed with ate very often was pumpkin. They grew Chinese pumpkins (the green kind) and we used it in a lot of things. Sometimes, we just ate it boiled and mashed with salt, pepper and butter like a potato. My favorite of these pumpkin dishes, though, was the pumpkin soup we often ate for dinner. I grew to love pumpkin, a vegetable I’d always known in sweet recipes, as a savory ingredient. It is such a versatile vegetable that I, personally, don’t just use seasonally. I have incorporated it into all kinds of dishes (even dog treats). Not only does pumpkin taste delicious, it has great health benefits too. So, in honor of the season in which the most pumpkins are consumed, I thought I’d put together a little round up of some of my recent favorite pumpkin recipes. I tried to gather the most delicious looking “outside-the-box” type of recipes (not just your grandma’s pumpkin bread or your aunt’s pumpkin pie).
Anyone who has ever been to a bar with me or has peeked into my fridge between the months of September through December could tell you I’m a pumpkin beer fanatic. That is why, when I saw this recipe from Anjelika over at Brit + Co, I knew I had to share it. However, being the pumpkin beer snob that I am, I say switch out the Blue Moon Harvest Ale (which tastes very little like pumpkin or pumpkin spice) and replace it with Wild Onion Brewing Co’s Pumpkin Ale.
I’m in love with this recipe for so many reasons. With this recipe, Karly over at Simple Pantry really plays to my love of marshmallows AND my love of pumpkin and pumpkin spice everything. This is a must-try!
This recipe is the best I’ve been able to find. It is super simple, but so hearty and delicious. We have Kristen over at Ella Claire to thank for this beauty!
Of course I had to add a slow cooker recipe here. Although I don’t use mine as often as I should, I’m a sucker for the “set it and forget it” type of cooking. Crystal over at A Pumpking and A Princess put together this amazing chile recipe, and the presentation is just gorgeous!
I’ve come across a LOT of pumpkin pasta recipes over the last few weeks, but Karen’s recipe over at Kitchen Treaty caught my eye not only because it looks delicious (because it obviously does) but because it involves using ONE POT. Nobody hates dishes as much as I do, and I’m currently without a dishwasher in my apartment, so I’m ALL FOR one-pot recipes.
I don’t know if this is something the Reeces company has thought up yet, but if they haven’t, they should consider taking note of this genius recipe from Katie of Chocolate-Covered Katie. These are amazing!
I’m a big fan of sweet potato fries and how they can be both savory or sweet, depending on how you want to spice them or what you’d like to dip them in. I wish I would have come up with this brilliant idea for pumpkin fries that Tiffany of The Gracious Pantry has created.
Finally! We’ve got a meat and pumpkin combination! This is what I like to see! Thank you, Hope from A Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Adventures for this awesome carnivore-friendly pumpkin recipe, proving once again the versatility of pumpkin!
If you’ve read any of our Mouthwatering Monday posts before, you know Alex LOVES hummus recipes. Well, after reading this recipe from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum, I’m sure I’ll be just us much a hummus fan as my blogging partner.