Whether carved to spook trick-or-treaters, carefully positioned within a fall-themed tablescape, or cooked up and served to holiday guests, pumpkin the ubiquitous treat at this time of year. As an ingredient, pumpkin appears almost everywhere from September through Christmas. All of this pumpkin pandering can turn even the most die hard fans of calabaza into haters. But there is an alternative!
Behold these new and inspiring pumpkin recipes for fall. From pizzas to pancakes to soups to sopaipillas — these deliciously inventive recipes will surprise and delight. To the pumpkin patch we go!
1.Pati's Mexican Table
Pati Jinich's Ancho Chile and Pumpkin Mole
Labor intensive mole is another classic for Day of the Dead and holiday dinners. This mole gets an autumnal twist with the addition of smooth and creamy pumpkin puree and salty pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
With a moist, cake-like center, crisp cookie edges, and bright pumpkin flavor, Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a quick and easy treat that delivers the fall flavors you love in a single bite. Make a double batch because they go fast!
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Welcome the cooler weather and holiday season with a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. Bright pumpkin is combined with coconut milk and oats and a dash of vanilla and cinnamon. Topped with cinnamon, agave, and chopped walnuts, this oatmeal is a sweet way to fuel your body right!
Pumpkin Churro Bites
Classic hot churros get a healthy fall makeover when pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar and spice are baked for the perfect blend of delicious in a bite-sized treat!
Pumpkin in Syrup
This traditional boiled sweet is a favorite at Day of the Dead celebrations. In the fall, the small, sweet, pie pumpkins that are great for making calabaza en tacha (aka pumpkin in syrup) fill fruit stands everywhere.
If you've never eaten sopaipillas, prepare to have your mind blown. A Chilean classic, this version features fried rounds of squash-enriched dough covered in syrup made from dark cane sugar and infused with orange, cinnamon, and clove. Seriously, you haven't lived if you haven't tried these.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Wake up with these bright, creamy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes topped with crunchy pepitas. Infused with molasses, they're like having pumpkin pie for breakfast - the perfect counterpoint to a piping hot cup of coffee!
Pumpkin Acorn Squash and Tomato Soup
Pumpkins, acorn squash, and tomatoes combine perfectly in this comforting soup that is hearty enough to be a meal but also makes an exceptional first course. The coconut oil used to sauté the shallots and garlic lend a slight Thai flavor.
This brightly-hued, seasonal twist on the classic margarita scores points not just for its flavor - it's yummy, trust us - but for its pepita salt rim. We've seen lots of salt rim variations - some good, some less good - but this one stands apart. It surprises the palate with a sweet meets smoky meets earthy combo that closes each sip perfectly.
Spiced Pumpkin Salad
We know. Salads aren't typically what you crave when temperatures cool. This salad, however, incorporates the bounty of the fall to perfection, combining roasted pumpkin, sweet red pepper and arugula in a meal that is simultaneously light and filling.
Spicy Pumpkin Panela Muffins
Who doesn't love muffins, especially when they're fluffy, served fresh from the oven, and made with pumpkin and panela? No one we know. Bonus points: this recipe uses wheat flour, coconut milk, and cayenne powder, as well, so you get the flavor and indulgence without the guilt.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Anise Bread
Sadly, a lot of gluten-free foods are also flavor-free. Not so with this Gluten-Free Pumpkin Anise Bread. Slightly sweet pumpkin and a hint of licorice anise come together in a fluffy on the inside, crisp on the outside bread that even those without gluten allergies will want to eat.
Eggs Benedict with Pumpkin Orange Carnitas and Chipotle Hollandaise
One word: UN-believable! Really...one word.
Sweet Pumpkin Pudding
This Thanksgiving, ditch the pumpkin pie and instead serve this Ecuadorian favorite: sweet pumpkin pudding. Unique among puddings, it calls for one whole fresh pumpkin boiled with fall aromatics and thickened with corn starch.