These days, the beginning of fall isn’t marked by a date on the calendar or the position of the earth relative to the sun. Rather, fall begins when Starbucks brings back its signature Pumpkin Spice Latte drink. This year, fall began on September 6th, and, as usual, it was a much anticipated event. But, what is it about pumpkin that gets people so riled up? Maybe it’s the nostalgic joy that it brings; after all, who doesn’t love reminiscing on cool fall days spent traversing pumpkin patches and corn mazes, sipping on cider and fantasizing about fresh-roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pudding? Then again, maybe it’s just the taste. Pumpkin and coffee go together better than peanut butter and jelly, and who doesn’t love a creamy spoonful of pumpkin ice cream? Whatever the reason, the pumpkin craze is here to stay, and who are we to discourage people from moving fall up a couple weeks so they can enjoy it even longer? Fall is the best season of the year. We’re starting our (early) celebration with a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes:
- Pumpkin Soup
We love pumpkin treats, but savory pumpkin dishes are highly underrated. This delicious, creamy soup will warm your soul on the chilliest of autumn mornings. Alternatively, it’ll help you to envision cooler days as you sweat through the last couple weeks of summer.
- Curried Pumpkin
If you haven’t tried putting curry on pumpkin, now is the time. This spicy, flavorful, and rich dish will please even the most ardent pumpkin skeptics. Plus, it’s much healthier than a sugar-laden latte!
- Pumpkin Bread
No explanation needed. This rich, moist, buttery bread is a classic, must-have fall sweet.
- Pumpkin Risotto
For all the amateur chefs out there who like to wow dinner guests, this recipe is sure to do the trick. It takes a bit longer than your average dinner fix, but the result is more than worth it.
- Pumpkin Fries
These may look like your standard sweet potato fries, but they pack a surprising flavor profile. Plus, they’re easily customizable: you can make them sweet, salty, or spicy!
- Pumpkin Quesadillas
These are too easy—and too delicious—to miss. They take about ten minutes to make, which makes them perfect for an on-the-go snack or a quick, post-work dinner.
- Pumpkin Waffles
Pumpkin and waffles are a match made in heaven. These are great with maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or even fried chicken and gravy (if you want to take the savory route).
- Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie
This is the quintessential autumn dessert that you’ve been searching for. Cinnamon, sugar, apple butter, and pumpkin combine to make this sweet and simple pie. Perfect for thanksgiving dinner!
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dump Cake
With a title like that, it has to be delicious. This one isn’t exactly diet-friendly, but, in our opinion, it’s worth every gram of saturated fat!
- Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies
Pumpkin, chocolate heaven! Colorful and delicious, these are especially great for a Halloween party. After all, eating treats on Halloween is always justified, right?