There’s no denying that the leading ingredient in fall recipes is pumpkin. Popping up everywhere—in soups, cocktails, desserts, and sides—it’s a seasonal treat that’s also really good for you. As it’s high in antioxidants, to better the heart and skin, and fiber, to boost satiety, it’s no wonder why people love it so much.
And, as pumpkin’s flavor is versatile, where it works well in both sweet and savory dishes, it’s an easy fall staple that we’re sure to take advantage of. Here are 3 awesome ways to use pumpkin in your cooking. (And, here are a few other fall ingredients to cook with now.)
When the temperatures are dropping, your body starts to crave warm, grounding foods that will really stick to your bones. The perfect solution? A rich, creamy soup. And, as pumpkin is thick in nature, it can fill you up and give that comfort. And, it goes well with a few other fall ingredients, like apples and pepitas, for a bit of crunch and crispness to balance out the creaminess.
There are so many ways to use pumpkin in desserts. From classic, pumpkin pie to fritters, muffins, puddings, and chocolate treats, it’s fun to experiment in the kitchen and add a savory kick to balance out the sweetness in dessert.
And, it makes that dessert even better for you, thanks to the antioxidant (beta-carotene) content and fiber. You can also include spices, like cinnamon or nutmeg, to amp up the flavor.
A tip? You’ll need something to wash it down. Pouring a glass of cognac will complement the dish, thanks to its bold, full-bodied feel.
Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
Instead of basic mashed potatoes, swap in pumpkin and add some flavor with seasonal spices, like clove, sage, or white pepper for a savory feel, or cinnamon and vanilla, for a sweeter touch.
This type of side dish goes well with meats, fish, or vegetables, so it’s really versatile. And, you can use as much butter or cream as you want for a denser, rich taste.
Or, if you choose to go the sweet route, you can top it on pie or ice cream to play with different textures. (A tip? Drizzle maple syrup or mix with apple purée for a fun, holiday dessert.)
You can always serve a mashed pumpkin recipe at a holiday gathering—your guests will love it.
If you’re looking to satisfy those pumpkin cravings, you can easily book a reservation.