Pumpkin season is upon us. From goofy Halloween decorations to elaborate meals, pumpkins are popping up far away from their patches (and possibly right on your doorstep). And why not? Sturdy and hearty, pumpkins lend themselves to a variety of preparations: braising, stewing, broiling, baking, carving. This year, take part, and add pumpkins to your menu. From savory Quinoa Pumpkin Salads to sweet Tres Leche Pumpkin Flan we've got a perfect pumpkin recipe for every craving.
Coquito is an eggnog like drink often found in Puerto Rico around the holidays and it usually contains a healthy shot of rum. Celebrity chef Irma Rios, however, wanted to create a non-alcohol coquito that would take her through fall. She combined cream of coconut, coconut milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a drink pumpkin lovers will crave all year. It’s the flavors of fall in a cup.
When the fall chill comes creeping only a creamy, tasty soup can keep it at bay. Try your hand at Caramelized Pumpkin Soup, a blend of roasted pumpkin, roasted sweet red peppers, and caramelized onions with a kick of cayenne for a sweet and savory take on fall soup that will keep you warm and toasty through the winter.
Welcome the cooler weather and holiday season with a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. Bright pumpkin is combined with coconut milk and oats and a dash of vanilla and cinnamon. Topped with cinnamon, agave, and chopped walnuts, this oatmeal is a sweet way to fuel your body right!
In Ecuador, pumpkins are known as zapallos, and found year round. Different from any other pudding, this dessert recipe calls for using one whole fresh pumpkin, boiled with fall aromatics, and thickened with maicena or corn starch. Served in individual ramekins or a casserole dish, it is always a crowd pleaser.
Nothing beats a fresh, homemade, out of the oven pizza that is creamy, hearty and crisp. Top a thin crust pizza with chili goat cheese, roasted pumpkin and bits of pan-fried bacon for a gourmet Latin twist on a city favorite.
Add a hint of pumpkin to your brunch with Eggs Benedict with Pumpkin Orange Carnitas and Chipotle Hollandaise served on Pan Dulce. The bit of pumpkin, melted away in slow-cooked carnitas, is subtle enough that you’ll want to serve this dish all year long!
Calabaza en Tacha or Pumpkin in Syrup is a traditional boiled sweet that is commonly seen at Day of the Dead celebrations. During the autumn, when pumpkins begin to make their appearance at our produce stands, small sweet pumpkins for pies can most commonly be found. High in sugar and water content, pie pumpkins are great for making calabaza en tacha.
Pumpkins are sturdy - so sturdy they can keep their shape and stand up to baking. So use them as a bowl! In this recipe, the pumpkin is filled with a savory bread-pudding like mixture of eggs, bread, fresh herbs, and sausage then baked until golden and cooked through. Then it gets another egg and a sprinkle of cheese and cooked until warm.