What to Cook Using Pumpkin for the Holidays and Beyond

My Thanksgiving recipe round-up series wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include a write-up on everyone’s favorite autumn food, pumpkin! Every year, as soon as October rolls around, the internet starts filling up with all kinds of pumpkin recipes from savory to sweet. Pumpkin is not just for one of the best pies in the world, there is a ton of things you can do with it, and I have compiled some of my favorite pumpkin recipes for you.

Prepping a raw pumpkin to cookAnd don’t forget, if you don’t feel like getting elbows deep in a pumpkin, there are easier ways! If you take a look on this blog, you will notice that the only pumpkin recipe is a (delicious) guest post. It’s just a little too much work for me (we’re being honest here, right?). I am more a pumpkin in a box girl. Take this Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread. It is made with real pumpkin, and literally took less than 3 minutes to prep. If someone served it to me, I would have no idea they hadn’t slaved over a gourd for hours.Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick BreadWhat are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?

Pumpkin Recipe Ideas

Fresh Pumpkin Pie – Eat.Live.Blog
This one needs no explanation. As many innovative pumpkin recipes that are out there, homemade pumpkin pie will always have a seat at our Thanksgiving table!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Homemade Pumpkin Pie – Recipe and Photo by Eat.Live.Blog

Pumpkin Chili – Kalyn’s Kitchen
I won’t bore you all yet again with my chili obsession. But what I will say is that Kalyn is a genius for combining my favorite food with this sweet, seasonal gourd. Everybody wins!

crockpot pumpkin chili recipe kalyns kitchen
Pumpkin Chili – Recipe and Photo by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Pumpkin Pretzel Bites – Something Swanky
All I can say is Ashton is a GENIUS! These pumpkin bites take the pure deliciousness of a soft pretzel then add even more sweet and salty goodness. Pure genius.

Pumpkin pretzel bites
Pumpkin Pretzel Bites – Recipe and Photo by Something Swanky

Pumpkin Enchiladas – Meals & Moves
The pure innovation in Janetha’s recipe is good enough to spur a trip to the grocery store to make this for dinner tonight! The combination of the sweet pumpkin with spicy enchilada sauce and salty cheddar cheese is drool inducing… in a good way!

pumpkin enchilada recipe
Pumpkin Enchiladas – Recipe and Photo by Meals & Moves

Pumpkin and Spinach Quiche – Cooking Whims
Mixing pumpkin, eggs, spinach and sriracha can be a tricky proposition. But Meghan did it and made me want to try it myself! Its been far too long that french toast has dominated the pumpkin breakfast realm. Bring on the quiche!

Pumpkin Spinach Quiche by Cooking Whims
Pumpkin and Spinach Quiche – Recipe and Photo by Cooking Whims

Cinnamon Baked Pumpkin Fries – Everyday Health
I kind-of feel like every vegetable needs to be turned into fries at least once. And if you can’t tell, I seem to have a thing for recipes that combine sweet and salty. This recipe fits the bill on both of those accounts!

Pumpkin Fries
Pumpkin Fries – Recipe and Photo by Everyday Health

What are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?

Disclosure: I was provided with samples of Krusteaz mix to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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–  Renee Hirschberg

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