Rather than grab a pumpkin spice latte and call it a day, we decided to try and find some of the best pumpkin-inspired recipes that actually use the fruit we normally keep around as seasonal décor. Below we’ve listed out a few of our new favorites for really sinking into autumn, and we think that you and your household’s holiday guests will appreciate them, too!
It’s an old stand-by, but pumpkin bread is one of those items that helps kick off fall with the right combination of comfort and taste. Whether you like to spice things up and include nuts and raisins, or leave it plain so as to really savor the pumpkin and cinnamon notes, there’s no denying that this is one treat everyone should get a sample of this fall.
Traditionally an Italian form of porridge, polenta is a grain dish that’s perfect as a side or a breakfast option. With a touch of pumpkin puree thrown into the mix, your guests can have a fresh take on this classic culinary delight, and a taste of the season to top it all off! There are plenty of delicious polenta recipes out there to use as baselines, but this pumpkin sage polenta combination is one of the best we’ve found for beginners and experienced cooks alike.
We know what you’re thinking; what could pumpkins possibly have to do with pasta? But the answer is simple! Pumpkin’s versatility and richness can add a whole new layer to your favorite pasta dishes. You can incorporate this element in a number of ways; slices of pumpkin cooked with other vegetables, or a pumpkin puree simmered into the sauce are our favorites.
Here in southeastern North Carolina, it can take a little longer for a really distinct fall chill to settle into the atmosphere. So in the meantime, you might want to try a soup that gives you that cozy, warm feeling in your bones without being too rich and heavy for days when the sunshine keeps our climate mild. Most recipes call for chicken broth and olive oil, which helps achieve this balance between savory and light, but the amount of pumpkin versus heavy cream (or coconut milk if you’re trying to watch your dairy) can really make the difference in density.
Any local will tell you that a southern meal just isn’t complete without a serving of biscuits to compliment the other dishes. This fall, bring some healthier and seasonally appropriate offerings to the table! Pumpkin puree, along with some Greek yogurt, means that the amount of butter that would typically go into the mixture before baking is significantly reduced. And while that might immediately turn off some die-hard lovers of rich, hearty biscuits, this recipe we found promises the same flaky texture and buttery taste, with the added benefit of that distinct hint of autumn flavor from the pumpkin.
It’s a time-honored tradition, and everyone has a favorite recipe that’s practically become a necessary fixture of every holiday gathering. Whether you make your own pumpkin pie or have a bakery you trust above anyone else to create the best one when you need it, very few would deny that it’s one of the best ways to indulge in a sweet treat and enjoy the pumpkin flavor while it’s in vogue.
While you heat up your oven, or prep your shopping list so that you know precisely what you need to give one of these scrumptious recipes a try, stay tuned to our blog for more tips to make the most of the season!