Mon Petit Four
‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, and we really mean all things. Everywhere we turn, the ubiquitous pumpkin — and pumpkin pie spices — are folded into every kind of food and drink imaginable. Unfortunately, in many cases true pumpkin flavor itself is left behind or replaced by a synthetic, half-baked psuedo-pumpkin flavoring.
But what if you love pumpkin season and can never get enough of this seasonal squash in your life? What if you crave real pumpkin flavor every day, at least for a while? If this is the case, these real pumpkin recipes are for you.
Pumpkin pie is awesome, of course, and some pumpkin spice lattes are definitely worth your dollars; but it’s time for something new. Therefore, in this collection, you'll find no traditional pumpkin pie or latte recipes, and nothing that uses pumpkin pie spices alone.
Get into the fall spirit with the true flavor of the season; read on for 27 ways to get more pumpkin into your life.
A Calculated Whisk
These gluten-free baked pumpkin custards topped with maple mascarpone take just 10 minutes to prepare and are the perfect way to end a fall dinner. Click here for the recipe.
Big Girls Small Kitchen
Brisket is slow-roasted in a Dutch oven with ancho chiles and spices. During the final hour in the oven, cubed pumpkin and tomatoes are stirred into the mix, and, when finished, this chili is topped with white Cheddar, sour cream, and sliced avocado. Click here for the recipe.
Mon Petit Four
This pumpkin cheesecake will melt on your tongue in an instant. For this recipe, click here.
A night of pumpkin carving is always fun, but what makes it even better is having a bowl of salty roasted pumpkin seeds to snack on. Find the recipe here.
This Is How I Cook
These spicy bars are rich and perfect for fall. They start with gingersnap crust and are then topped with pumpkin butter and scattered with beautiful green pepitas, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, toffee bits, and coconut flakes. For this recipe, click here.
Brazilian cachaça, pumpkin purée, and ginger liqueur are shaken and served over rocks; garnish with a small slice of pumpkin to complete. Find the recipe here.
Here’s a simple and fun dessert that the kids will go crazy over. It’s not just fun to eat — it’s fun to make as well. For this recipe, click here.
Creamy puréed pumpkin is whisked together with coconut milk and egg yolks to yield a sweet and bold flavor. Although it’s not called for here, lardons or guanciale would only enhance the rich flavor of the carbonara. Find this recipe here.
A Calculated Whisk
These grain-free pumpkin crème brûlée pie bars combine the best elements of crème brûlée and pumpkin pie and are made with an easy press-in cocoa crust. Click here for the recipe.
These pumpkin-filled pancakes make for the perfect Halloween breakfast or dinner. Click here for the recipe.
Salt Creek Grille Princeton
Whole-wheat pizza dough is topped with both pumpkin purée and small cubes of fresh pumpkin. This healthy pizza also includes tomato sauce, onion, red bell peppers, zucchini, and goat cheese. Click here for the recipe.
This hearty risotto is made with brown rice, vegetable broth, and creamy pumpkin purée. To complete, it’s garnished with pumpkin seeds and chopped pecans. For this recipe, click here.
Vanilla beans, spices, cubed sugar pumpkin pieces and pisco meld together for four days to infuse the liquor with pumpkin goodness. Next, shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass; garnish with an apple slice and serve. Click here for the recipe.
This incredible fall treat, perfect for Halloween, gets thrown together into the slow-cooker in a snap using a few simple ingredients. It’s so easy, it’s almost scary! Click here for the recipe.
Chicken and pumpkin are cooked with red curry paste and are accentuated by bright lime, bird’s eye chiles, and torn Thai basil. For this recipe, click here.
A Dash of Megnut
The cheesecake gets its oh–so-dreamy, creamy texture from the soaked cashews and coconut milk. And the crust… The crust is simply made from pecans, soaked dates, and pumpkin pie spice for a crunchy and sweet layer in every bite. Click here for this recipe.