Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes That Aren’t Pumpkin Pie

Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes That Aren’t Pumpkin Pie

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If the only pumpkin product you eat all year is a single slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, you’re missing out. Pumpkins are actually just a kind of squash, and they’re full of flavor that can be used in an endless variety of dishes.

In sweet breads, muffins and cakes, pumpkin puree adds moistness and body along with its mild and adaptable flavor. But did you know that pumpkin makes for a delicious savory ingredient, as well? Full of vitamin A, fiber and a healthy dose of Vitamin C and potassium, there are plenty of reasons to find more ways to enjoy this often-overlooked food.

We’ve hand-picked a few recipes to show that you can cook up pumpkin into more than just pie. Give one a try this Thanksgiving and open up your friends and family to the potential of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Fritters with Rosemary and Cheese
If everyone’s coming to your house for Thanksgiving, you’re likely to have some out-of-towners who come in early. This recipe for Pumpkin Fritters with Rosemary and Cheese is something you can fry up ahead of time for a quick and easy meal or appetizer for when guests arrive.

Harvest Pumpkin Soup
A lot of people just aren’t that into turkey. For these guests, consider cooking up a savory and velvety smooth Harvest Pumpkin Soup. Substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth, and you’ll have an alternative main dish for your vegetarian guests, too.

Pumpkin Bread
Somewhere between desserts and hearty dinner rolls comes Pumpkin Bread. Butter it up, and it goes right along with giblet gravy. Drench it in honey, and you’ve got a sweet note to end your meal on. Either way, we bet you’ll love it enough to bake it well after the holiday season.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge
For a decidedly sweet pumpkin treat that gives a nod to the old pumpkin pie standby, you’ll want to try out this recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge. It’s a breeze to make—it uses just five ingredients. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth take on the flavors of Thanksgiving.

Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
If you’re the kind of person who believes it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the spicy, custardy goodness of pumpkin pie, we totally agree. This recipe for Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes is for people just like us. In just 30 minutes, you can whip together this take on pumpkin pie wrapped in an impossibly moist cupcake.

Once you experiment with pumpkin, there’s no reason to stop. Soon you may be ready for hardcore culinary exploration into the territory of pumpkin salsa or even pumpkin chili. There’s a world of pumpkin recipes waiting to be enjoyed. Try a few out this season!