It's that time of the year where you start to see loads of content about 'all things pumpkin." From Halloween treats you'll see in stores to seeing plenty of recipes up until late November when Thanksgiving arrives. People love pumpkin!
This versatile vegetable can be used in a variety of ways. We know its great for sweet treats, but I think its also cool to venture on the savory side of using it. Give some of the follow ideas a try.
Now if you use fresh pumpkin you can try these savory options:
Simply slice and bake into thick chunks and toss with olive oil and dust with a spice rub of your choice. Think global such as Zaatar or a Caribbean spice blend.
Puree it into making a pasta sauce blended with canned crushed tomatoes and season with Italian seasonings and finish off with fresh parmesan cheese.
Cut into cubes and make pumpkin hash browns for a switch from the regular potato.
Shred on a grater and make pumpkin fritters.
And lastly the good old standby pumpkin soup!
Speaking of pumpkin soup, I have a great one for you to try that's simple to make. Matter of fact, if you want to eliminate a step of using fresh, this recipe works using unsweetened canned pumpkin .Its packed with flavor with fresh ginger and a slight spicy taste of crunchy granola.
Ginger Pumpkin Soup with Savory Granola Topping
As you can see, pumpkin can be used in so many ways that can be quite good. Would love to hear your thoughts if you try some of the savory suggestions in this post. Enjoy!
Eat Good! Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator