Learn how to make pumpkin puree and 15 delicious pumpkin recipes to use your harvest!
It's that time of year when fans of pumpkin spice start squealing with joy. The signs are out announcing the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes, all retailers are filling up with pumpkin spice goodies, and it seems pumpkin is the king of all in the bakery departments of grocery stores. Not everything pumpkin is pumpkin spice, though. While this sweet and savory combination is taking over the world, you may be wondering what else could there be? How can you add the flavor of pumpkin spice to more items in unique ways? Here are 10 Unique Pumpkin Recipes that will inspire you to enjoy the season's favorite harvest.
Please note that most of these recipes call for pumpkin puree and you can avoid store bought by easily making your own pumpkin puree. You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice. Also, make sure you try these easy tips for storing pumpkins once it gets cold out.
How to Make Pumpkin Puree
First, cut your pumpkin in half and scrape out the seeds.
Place your pumpkin halves cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes until the pumpkin can be easily pierced with a fork.
Remove the skin from the pumpkin and puree it using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender.
If you are planning on baking with the puree, place it in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the excess liquid before freezing it.
Here is more on making pumpkin puree and how to freeze pumpkin puree.
15 Pumpkin Recipes
This Pumpkin Chai Fudge from Premeditated Leftovers combines two seasonal favorites and it's sure to be a favorite at your house this fall.
Try pumpkin on your next salad with this Pumpkin Vinaigrette from Saved By Grace. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Make Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pudding from Premeditated Leftovers for a treat that is sure to please. Make them into these cute little mini pudding pies for some extra fun with little ones.
Try pumpkin for dinner with this recipe for Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo from Taste and Tell.
This Pumpkin Dip from Premeditated Leftovers is a flavorful and healthy alternative to caramel dip for apples.
Have you ever heard of a pumpkin pretzel? Try these sweet Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Soft Pretzels from Creme de la Crumb.
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting from Premeditated Leftovers are the ultimate fall cookie!
Try a new spin on burger night with these Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers from Sweet Miscellany. They are vegetarian and sound so delicious!
I can just imagine dunking this Gingerbread Pumpkin Biscotti from Premeditated Leftovers into a cup of hot coffee on a chilly fall morning.
Go big with this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Smoothies from Deliciously Sprinkled. What an awesome way to start a fall day!
Here's an easy pumpkin dessert that you can make all year: Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes from Premeditated Leftovers.
Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna sounds like an amazing way to get your pumpkin fix. Try the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.
When you make your own pumpkin puree or when you carve pumpkins for Halloween, save the seeds and use them to make this delicious Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe from Premeditated Leftovers.
Creme Brulee is one of my very favorite desserts. I love the idea of a Pumpkin Creme Brulee like this one from Baking a Moment.
If you love Pop-Tarts, try these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts from Cooking Classy for a new treat.
It would not be a complete list of pumpkin recipes without a pie recipe. This Practically Perfect Pumpkin Pie from Premeditated Leftovers is so good you'll want to make it all year.