It’s getting close to Thanksgiving…and then you know Christmas is waiting in the wings. Around here that means that it is a pumpkin time of year. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread… Pumpkin just tastes like autumn – all spicy, rich, and earthy.
Needless to say there are a ton and a half (yes, literally a ton and a half) of pumpkin recipes on RestlessChipotle. So, if you love pumpkin as much as I do this list will be bookmarked, dog-eared, tagged, and drooled over.
How to Cook Pumpkin: Steaming or Roasting?
Do you use fresh pumpkins or buy canned pumpkin for your recipes? I have done both but I really prefer the fresh pumpkins – no surprise there, right? It doesn’t take long to steam them, especially in a microwave. Just cut themin half, seed them, and lay them hollow side down in a microwaveable baking dish. Microwave for 5 minutes or until tender.
Another way of doing it, and frankly the best way if you want a lot (and I do mean a lot ) of flavor is to roast your pumpkin. Also easy as….well, pie! Roasting a pumpkin gives it a deeper, sweeter flavor that holds up to any technique you want to use with it. Step by step instructions with lots of images on my post, Pumpkin Smackdown Challenge.
Now for the recipes. All pumpkin. All awesome. All the time.
Pie and Pudding
Breads and Breakfasts
Savory Pumpkin Dishes
No doubt there will be many more pumpkin recipes as time goes on but these should get you through the holidays with spicy style!
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