The top pumpkin recipes, just in time for Halloween

Stuffed pumpkin 

With Halloween just a few days away, we wouldn't be surprised if you had pumpkin on your mind. Whether you're carving one or roasting it, there are many inspiring examples to choose from during the fall season.

As a general rule, the pumpkins sold for decoration aren't very flavorful as they are bred mainly for appearance. Instead of cooking with a carving pumpkin, seek out a pie pumpkin variety or substitute one of a number of squash. Good alternatives include kabocha, acorn, hubbard, or butternut squash, as all of these are members of the curcurbit family along with pumpkin. Of the types listed here, the closest to pumpkin is the butternut squash. Each variety of squash has a slightly different flavor profile, so try several to find which one is your favorite.

If you're looking for new ways to use your pumpkins and squash, you may want to check out the top 10 recipes for pumpkin from The Guardian, or try one of the following top recipes from the EYB Library. It's interesting to note that many of the highly-rated recipes in the Library are member-indexed--don't forget to index the next great recipe you find so it will be easy for you, as well as other EYB members, to find.

Butternut squash gratin with goat cheese and hazelnuts from Epicurious
Butternut squash baked risotto from MarthaStewart.com
Pumpkin oat bread from Naturally Ella
Spicy pumpkin hummus from Once Upon a Cutting Board
Butternut squash and caramelized onion galette from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Miso sesame winter squash from 101 Cookbooks
Pumpkin stuffed with everything good
from Around My French Table (pictured at top)

4 Comments

  • Foodycat  on  10/27/2014 at 12:46 PM

    Pumpkin stuffed with everything good - that sounds like something I want to eat!

  • hillsboroks  on  10/27/2014 at 2:20 PM

    I have made this stuffed pumpkin recipe from Dorie Greenspan's book several times with great success. It is so easy, flavorful and so impressive on the table. A couple of years ago a friend wanted the recipe to serve at her garden club fall lunch. How perfect is that? Then she started experimenting with it and tried using a risotto stuffing rather than a bread stuffing and says that is wonderful too. This is a great Thanksgiving recipe.

  • Foodycat  on  10/27/2014 at 3:54 PM

    Good to know! Thanks hillsboroks!

  • Analyze  on  11/18/2014 at 8:36 PM

    Speaking of pumpkin, once it comes time for dessert, Cook's Illustrated has the best recipe ever for Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Brown Sugar and Bourbon Cream topping. I found it in my Entertaining 2010 magazine, but I believe they've published it multiple times. It's the best pumpkin cheesecake I've ever had!

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