Monday, October 10, 2011

5 Pumpkin Recipes You'll Love

In case you hadn't noticed, Halloween is right around the corner. Time to start planning those incredibly witty costumes! We find it helpful to think like Lady Gaga, who always looks like she's headed to a Halloween Gala.

When you're making wacky Jack-O-Lanterns, don't forget to save the seeds for roasting. You can make all kinds of flavored pumpkin seeds and they're great for snacking while carving, or anytime. You can also use the seeds for Pumpkin Seed Brittle, a great homemade gift for your friends.

To bring you the very best pumpkin recipes on the planet, we revved up the FoodPair Recipe Search Engine and hand-selected 5 great recipes from across the Web.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Oven roasting brings out great flavors in the pumpkin.
Ingredients: pumpkin, red onion, wild rice, sunflower seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, honey, cilantro

Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Paprika
Smoked Paprika is great in this silky soup.
Ingredients: pumpkin, butter, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, apple, chicken broth, milk, cream, thyme, sage, salt, pepper

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage & Toasted Hazelnuts
Sage and toasted hazelnuts make an amazing pair.
Ingredients: peeled hazelnuts, vegetable oil, fresh pumpkin ravioli, unsalted butter, sage, nutmeg, Parmesan, Amaretti cookies

Chiffon Pumpkin Pie
This pie is a light and delicious taste of autumn.
Ingredients: gingersnaps, sugar, ground ginger, butter, gelatin, brown sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, milk, eggs, rum, pumpkin, cream

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
You can't go wrong with pumpkins and pecan in a cheesecake.
Ingredients: chopped pecans, brown sugar, butter, cream cheese, eggs, pumpkin butter, graham cracker crust

Now let's get cooking!

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