This dish is proof that you don’t need to forgo your favorites in order to experiment with something new. As you’d expect, this dish substitutes in pumpkins for a sweeter flavor and an aesthetically pleasing orange color. Interestingly enough, adding a boiled potato into your dough mixture can still be beneficial; the little spud will help thicken the dough if your pumpkin seems watery. Toss in a sage butter sauce and pair with a crisp Pinot Grigio.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
If gnocchi isn’t your style, this roasted butternut squash soup recipe from our friends at First Fruits is an equally delicious first course. We love this recipe because it utilizes deliciously seasonal Opal apples and roasted pumpkin seeds for a trifecta of fall favorites.
- Pro Tip: Instead of peeling and dicing your butternut squash beforehand, halve it and toss it in the oven to make it easier to scoop out the flesh inside!
Sure, this dish may seem like a no-brainer, but there are still ways to make a smarter pumpkin pie. For example, instead of going with the first sugar pumpkin you find, try selecting a variety that pairs better with your flavor profile. If you want to take things even further, cook with white Lumina pumpkins to give your pie a unique color!
Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Fall squashes don’t start and end at pumpkins and butternut squashes. Chefs looking to work with different squashes will be pleased to learn that spaghetti squashes are perfect for stuffing; their semi-hollow nature allows you ample room to add toppings. Experiment with flavor profiles to your heart’s content; we’ve seen chefs make everything from lasagna inspired stuffed squash to spaghetti squash “burrito bowls.”
Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are our favorite hidden joy of fall. When roasted, they become delightfully crunchy and positively addicting. Best of all, pumpkin seeds have a super mellow flavor that works well with salty, spicy, and sweet flavors. To start, we’d recommend roasting your seeds and tossing them in a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Butternut Squash Salads
More of a broad category rather than a specific dish, there are a ton of different variants on a butternut squash salad. However, they all generally share a few things in common: roasted butternut squash, cold-weather greens like arugula or kale, complimentary fall fruits, and a whole lot of flavor.
- Pro Tip: Try adding some caramelized nuts or fresh cranberries for an extra burst of texture.
Rounding out the list and finishing off your night, the whiskey pumpkin smash is one of our top fall cocktails. This drink incorporates the ever-popular “pumpkin spice” seasoning in two different ways; it’s used to infuse standard simple syrup with a pumpkin flavor and to line the rim. Garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick and pair with a warming fall dessert.