Halloween may have passed, but autumn's favorite orange orb is still going strong as an item worthy of the plate, bowl and belly.
From soup, to main course to dessert, pumpkin is a colorful and versatile ingredient... especially when you want to go the quick-and-easy route (read: canned pumpkin).
Here are some picks for favorite pumpkin recipes:
1. Pumpkin soup. Perfect for the cold weather, and a little lighter without using cream. This is from allrecipes.com.
4 Macintosh apples - peeled, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon white sugar
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic, curry, and cumin; saute, stirring often, until onion is soft and fragrant.
Stir in apples, pumpkin, broth, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Puree soup in a food processor or a blender.Return soup to saucepan; reheat, covered, over low heat.
2. Pumpkin chili. A hearty chili with beef, beans, and yes, pumpkin. From tasteofhome.com.
3 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (16 ounces each) hot chili beans, undrained
2 bottles (12 ounces each) chili sauce
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
In a large Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Add water if desired to reduce thickness. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
3. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. This recipe, froom cooks.com, is a favorite of mine, and the most-requested by friends and family once they try them.
1 c. pumpkin (1/2 a can)
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chocolate chips
Dissolve baking soda in milk, set aside.
In large bowl add pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg. Stir.
Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda mixture. Mix well.
Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips.
Spoon onto cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 9 minutes.
Cool and gobble.