Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Recipes

The leaves haven’t yet turned into their beautiful orange and golden colors. And there’s still plenty of summer produce in the open-air farmers’ markets.

But there’s been a subtle shift.

We can feel the crispness in the air, the days getting shorter, the nights getting colder. We’re starting to dig up our scarves and light jackets. Fall doesn’t officially start until next week, but it has already, carefully, snugly made its way in.

To herald the beginning of my favorite season, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes featuring two popular gourds.

Gourds. What an unusual and unattractive name for produce that bring so much beauty to the season.

Beauty and warmth, oranges and yellow, sweetness and comfort. Pumpkin and Butternut Squash. Comfort food for autumn.

Here are some pumpkin and butternut squash recipes to savor during this Fall:

Pumpkin Leche Flan – a delicious pumpkin take on a traditional Filipino dessert. Leche flan, which literally means milk flan, is a rich and creamy staple in celebratory feasts.  This recipe has some of my favorite ingredients: condensed milk, egg yolks, and pumpkin puree. The use of pumpkin puree is a modern take on this dessert.

Smoked Gouda and Pumpkin Mac and Cheese – this gush-worthy mac and cheese is creamy and tangy and orange. If you weren’t drawn in by the words “smoked gouda” (or really, the words “mac and cheese”) then perhaps the crumbled fried crispy sage and the tart creaminess from Greek yogurt could convince you to try it. It’s a cheesy and smoky indulgence.

Pumpkin Banana Bread – there is something about the warm scent of baking bread wafting throughout my apartment that makes me feel very content. And the smell of fresh banana bread is extra intoxicating, because I love indulging with a thick slice for breakfast or brunch. This pumpkin banana bread has pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and rum. Plus a sweet cream cheese frosting that lets you decide if you want to eat this for breakfast or for dessert (or both).

Pumpkin Tofu Curry – this was a guest post from Joanne of Eats Well With Others, and it is a bowl full of spice and protein and comfort. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of curry, but have always been enamored of anything with coconut milk and tofu. It’s easy to modify this recipe according to your spice preference – or even your gourd preference: pumpkin, kabocha squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, even sweet potato.  It’s all good.

Pumpkin Quinoa Yogurt Parfait – this was the first quinoa recipe I posted here, and also the first time I got hooked on those adorable mini pumpkins purely for decorative purposed. This is an easy recipe that looks fancy, and it tastes pretty indulgent even if it’s actually packed with healthy ingredients. One layer has quinoa, soy milk, and pumpkin puree, another layer has Greek yogurt and peanut butter, and in between there’s bananas and pecans. Of course I used dark chocolate peanut butter and Mexican chocolate pecans, but the little decadence goes a long way.

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Turnovers – each little pastry is stuffed with mashed butternut squash with peppery sage and cayenne, and a dollop of creamy goat cheese. I used frozen pastry sheets for these, which is a time saver and a versatile base for many recipes. These turnovers can be prepared a day before, so it’ll be freshly baked and warm when you serve them (although at room temperature, they were still a big hit!)

Green Beans and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk – this is based on another Filipino dish called ginataang sitaw at kalabasa.  I added tofu and spinach and a bit more chili for added heat, but in spite of my modifications, the taste stayed true to what I remember from home. And if I could make a tribute dish for anyone, this would be dedicated to my Tita Ine, who has inspired me to learn how to cook.

The Best Thanksgiving Side Ever: Maple Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash –  I saved this for last not just because it has the longest recipe title, but there really is something about saving the best… When you combine maple syrup, a generous amount of cayenne pepper, good olive oil, and the aromatic base of garlic and shallots with traditional Thanksgiving veggies butternut squash and  brussels sprouts, you’ll end up with the Channing Tatum of all side dishes. Sweet, spicy, easy to love, and with a propensity for wearing tight white tank tops. (Okay, maybe not the last one.)

Let me know if you guys try any of these pumpkin and butternut squash recipes. Enjoy the lovely Fall season!

   

20 Responses to “Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Recipes”

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted September 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

    what a brilliant round up! I can’t wait to try so many of these!

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    the Squishy Monster posted September 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    You’re making me SO excited for Autumn…good bye to all the sunshine and peaches but helloooo pumpkin and squash!

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    Patty posted September 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Love your round up-love the fall and all the recipes ;)

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    El posted September 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Amazing pumpkin & squash round up. Can’t wait to try some of them!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted September 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Love this round-up. I need to make sure I incorporate some pumpkin in my meals this week – it’s one of my favorite things about fall!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted September 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Fall is my favorite season too. I can not WAIT for this cooler weather. Today is beautiful her in nyc but I see it’s going to be back in the high 70s the rest of the week :( I want to pull out my sweaters! There are so many delicious recipes here!

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    Michelle Lahey posted September 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    That mac and cheese…wow. I am so excited for all things pumpkin!

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    Dana @ Simply Romanesco posted September 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This is perfect weather for Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Recipes! Thank you for sharing this amazing list; the turnovers look absolutely sublime :)

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    Megan posted September 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    That smoked gouda and pumpkin mac is calling my name! I have a pumpkin recipe post set to go, but I’m holding off til fall!

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    Alaina posted September 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    These all look delicious! I absolutely love the fall and everything about it. :-)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted September 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Great list of links, especially now that all I’m seeing is pumpkin in my heart!

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilakan.com posted September 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    so love these recipes! I am very much a hold onto summer for as long as possible person, but your recipe round up has me looking forward to fall and pumpkin and banana bread!

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    Joanne posted September 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Okay your pumpkin mac and cheese IS happening this year. Or else.

    And thanks so much for (re)featuring that curry of mine!

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    grace posted September 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    this is quite timely, as my brother has no less than 100 butternut squash and he’s desperately trying to pawn a bunch off on me. :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted September 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Awesome round up, Bianca! There is so much irresistible comfort food in this post, I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Natalie posted September 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Wow these recipes all look amazing to me, can’t wait to try a few out this fall.

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    Samantha Angela posted September 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Mmm… those turnovers sound awesome!

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    honeywhatscooking posted September 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    everything looks soooooooooo good.
    the filipino dish with butternut squash and coconut looks amazing.
    i have to make thai coconut curry… it’s on my todo

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    Simply Life posted September 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Oh that banana bread looks PERFECT! Wish I could have a slice now!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted September 20, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I love this post because winter squash is one of my most favorite ingredients and autumn is my favorite time of year! These all look delicious.

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