Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

For Halloween or Thanksgiving, here are my five favorite pumpkin recipes!

This morning I was at the grocery store and a nice woman behind me in line had the most perfect pumpkin I'd ever seen.  Suddenly I was seized with a serious attack of blogger guilt.  Here it's already October 14 and lots of blogs are going into pumpkin recipe overdrive, and I haven't made one single thing this year using pumpkin.  The truth is, I'm not the biggest pumpkin fan in the food blogging world, but I have made a few things with pumpkin through the years that turned out to be winners.  If I'm not a big pumpkin fan and I'm telling you I love all five of these recipes, you know they have to be good!  Let's start the pumpkin recipes with the Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with with Pecans shown above that I made last October.

This Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake is something I first made in 2006, and I think I've made at least once every year since then.

I'm a savory girl more than a sweets eater, so this Crockpot Pumpkin Chili with Ground Beef, Black Beans, and Kidney Beans is my kind of food.  This would be a great recipe to put in the crockpot on Halloween and have ready for the kids when they get back from Trick-or-Treating!

In some parts of the world all types of winter squash are called pumpkin, and you can use either butternut squash or pumpkin to make this Low-Sugar Pumpkin and Apple Crumble.  This is also a great Thanksgiving dessert for people who don't like pie.

And if I had to pick only one pumpkin dessert, it would have to be this Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie that I made in 2009.  If Pumpkin Pie and Cheesecake got married had a child, that would be this pie.

More Pumpkin Recipes for Pumpkin Fans:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake from Kalyn's Kitchen
Low-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Mini-Cheesecakes from Kalyn's Kitchen
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust from Gluten Free Goddess
Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Kitchn
Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread from Pinch My Salt
Chipotle Pumpkin Soup from Simply Recipes
Soup in a Pumpkin from What We're Eating
Pumpkin Custard from Food Renegade
Pumpkin Ice Cream from David Lebovitz
Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast with Toasted Pecans from Cookin' Canuck

Are you a pumpkin fan, or someone like me who has to have a really good pumpkin recipe to get excited about it?  Let us know in the comments how you feel about pumpkin, and do share a link to your favorite pumpkin recipe if you have one!
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  1. My favorite pumpkin recipe is from 101Cookbooks: Roasted Pumpkin Salad.

  2. I love the pumpkin recipes (and's fav!)! I'll def make some of these, if I can figure out how to vegan-ize them. ;)

    I put together my fav pumpkin posts on my blog, including how to cook a pumpkin to make puree for your freezer! plus, a couple of recipes. Not as healthy as yours tho!

  3. Liz, that sounds like something I'd really like. (Pumpkins and cilantro; how can that be bad?)

  4. Hate when comments are slow to come so it looks like I'm replying to the wrong person. Oh well, you have to laugh, right? Jacki, thanks for sharing!

  5. Great to know I'm in such good company. Outside of purchasing two cute baby pumpkins to sit in my kitchen window sill, I haven't budged about baking with it. The chili sounds great, and nobody has to twist my arm to enjoy a slice of cheesecake ever. Nice list of possibilities :)

  6. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie. IT isn't something we grow up with down here. Bryan dislikes pumpkin so it isn't something I cook often. He will it pumpkin soup if I make it Thai style with ginger and coconut milk....and also my pumpkin fruit cake, which I love also. It doesn't keep well so if it isn't eaten the day of baking I cut it into serving size squares and freeze.

  7. Kelly, I guess we are together in our pumpkin apathy this year!

    Barbara, I don't like pumpkin pie much at all, even though it's traditional here. Will have to take a look at the pumpkin fruit cake. Sounds interesting.

  8. I love everything pumpkin. And although the filling of pumpkin pie is my favorite, I have been experimenting with pumpkin cream sauce -- which is a totally different and delicious take too. Those muffins look amazing.

  9. Thanks Sarah. I think pumpkin cream sauce sounds interesting!

  10. I have a great recipe for pumpkin-cranberry muffins and pumpkin pie. I would love for you to check out my blog!
    Thanks, Pam.

  11. Pam looks like you have a lot of good low-carb desserts!

  12. I just baked two pumpkin breads this morning, and made a pumpkin black bean chili which I've never tried before. I love the way the pureed pumpkin makes a very rich sauce. Tis the season!

  13. TW, sounds like you're more of a pumpkin fan than I am!

  14. oooh, I really really want to try that pumpkin and apple crumble. What a way to jazz up apple crisp!

  15. Thanks Cara, hope you like it.

  16. great recipe. thanks for sharing :)

  17. Never thought of adding it to chili.... I think that's a good choice for this weekend.


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