Pumpkin Perfection: 10 Stellar Dishes

September 16, 2011

This season, think beyond pie with these 10 unique pumpkin recipes pulled straight from the patch.

Pumpkin Cheddar MuffinsPumpkin Frozen YogurtPumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese IcingRoasted Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Cheddar GritsHot and Sour Pumpkin SoupPumpkin, Pork and Apple Cider StewEasy Oven-Baked Pumpkin PolentaGarlicky Pumpkin and BroccoliMaple-Roasted Pumpkin WedgesPumpkin Season
Serve with a warm soup or chili and these savory muffins become a perfect pumpkin alternative to the more traditional plain Jane cornbread variety. Recipe: Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins
Frozen yogurt? Pumpkin? Fall? Oh yes. Rich and velvety with a (literally) melt-in-your-mouth appeal, this dessert will have you embracing the chill inside and out. Recipe: Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
Filled with cinnamon, spice and everything nice, these moist pumpkin cupcakes piled high with maple buttercream are an absolute treat at Halloween, and just as good anytime. Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing
Undoubtedly the Great Pumpkin's choice snack during his Halloween flight, these roasted seeds are unbelievably addictive (not to mention low-fat). Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
A bounty of Cheddar, canned pumpkin puree and a grind of freshly cracked black pepper makes these creamy grits fit for fall. Recipe: Pumpkin Cheddar Grits
Pumpkin stew gets an Asian twist with the addition of Thai chiles, roasted pork, lemon grass and pungent ginger. Recipe: Hot and Sour Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin? Check. Apple cider? Check. A superb fall stew that brings both together with crunchy carrots, salty pork and red potatoes? Pricelessly delicious. Recipe: Pumpkin, Pork and Apple Cider Stew
Don't hesitate to serve this cheesy creamy and oh-so-filling polenta in lieu of mashed potatoes at your autumn table. Recipe: Easy Oven-Baked Pumpkin Polenta
Broccoli's lush greens and pumpkin's freshly diced autumnesque hues peak out from a heavy sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano for a swoon-worthy side. Recipe: Garlicky Pumpkin and Broccoli
Fall is officially here! Celebrate by roasting wedges of small pumpkins (often called sugar or pie pumpkins) drizzled with sweet maple syrup. Recipe: Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Wedges
Americans may love apple pie, but it doesn't hold a candle to pumpkin, a fruit so beloved that Connecticut colonists once delayed Thanksgiving until the maple syrup needed to sweeten the pumpkin pies was available and in hand. As it turns out, things haven't changed much when it comes to pumpkins (including the maple syrup for sweetening). We still love them, and they're still a delicious reminder that autumn is upon us.
Serve with a warm soup or chili and these savory muffins become a perfect pumpkin alternative to the more traditional plain Jane cornbread variety.


Recipe: Pumpkin Cheddar MuffinsFrozen yogurt? Pumpkin? Fall? Oh yes. Rich and velvety with a (literally) melt-in-your-mouth appeal, this dessert will have you embracing the chill inside and out.


Recipe: Pumpkin Frozen YogurtFilled with cinnamon, spice and everything nice, these moist pumpkin cupcakes piled high with maple buttercream are an absolute treat at Halloween, and just as good anytime.


Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese IcingUndoubtedly the Great Pumpkin's choice snack during his Halloween flight, these roasted seeds are unbelievably addictive (not to mention low-fat).


Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin SeedsA bounty of Cheddar, canned pumpkin puree and a grind of freshly cracked black pepper makes these creamy grits fit for fall.


Recipe: Pumpkin Cheddar GritsPumpkin stew gets an Asian twist with the addition of Thai chiles, roasted pork, lemon grass and pungent ginger.


Recipe: Hot and Sour Pumpkin SoupPumpkin? Check. Apple cider? Check. A superb fall stew that brings both together with crunchy carrots, salty pork and red potatoes? Pricelessly delicious. 


Recipe: Pumpkin, Pork and Apple Cider StewDon't hesitate to serve this cheesy creamy and oh-so-filling polenta in lieu of mashed potatoes at your autumn table.


Recipe: Easy Oven-Baked Pumpkin PolentaBroccoli's lush greens and pumpkin's freshly diced autumnesque hues peak out from a heavy sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano for a swoon-worthy side. 


Recipe: Garlicky Pumpkin and BroccoliFall is officially here! Celebrate by roasting wedges of small pumpkins (often called sugar or pie pumpkins) drizzled with sweet maple syrup. 


Recipe: Maple-Roasted Pumpkin WedgesAmericans may love apple pie, but it doesn't hold a candle to pumpkin, a fruit so beloved that Connecticut colonists once delayed Thanksgiving until the maple syrup needed to sweeten the pumpkin pies was available and in hand. As it turns out, things haven't changed much when it comes to pumpkins (including the maple syrup for sweetening). We still love them, and they're still a delicious reminder that autumn is upon us.
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