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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18 comments:

  1. My favorite pumpkin recipe is from 101Cookbooks: Roasted Pumpkin Salad. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/roasted-pumpkin-salad-recipe.html

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  2. I love the pumpkin recipes (and pumpkin..it'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!

    http://mac-aroni-n-cheese.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-channel-all-pumpkin-all-time.html

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

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  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!

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  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 :)

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  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.
    http://www.winosandfoodies.com/2005/10/pumpkin_fruit_c.html

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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  15. Thanks Cara, hope you like it.

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  16. great recipe. thanks for sharing :)

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

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