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The Savory Side of Pumpkin

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."—Linus, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Now that the great pumpkin frenzy is in full swing, manufacturers are injecting "pumpkin" into everything they can get away with. But as hyped as the holiday heavyweight is, I don't think it's reached its full potential. Don't get me wrong—pumpkin is a revelation in pies and breads, looks great on your porch, and you can't dismiss the cultural phenomenon that is the PSL. But this week we’re taking our favorite gourd beyond the sugary-sweet, to the savory side of the aisle.

If your recipe calls for pumpkin puree, it's perfectly fine to use the canned stuff. This time of year it's a small miracle if you can find more than a couple cans at the grocery store, but making your own is easy. Unfortunately, the large pumpkins harvested for carving tend to be too big, watery, and stringy for a good pumpkin puree. You'll want to find a small pumpkin that feels heavy for its size. Sugar pie, baby bear, and cheese pumpkins are a sure bet. Learn how to create your own from our resident cooking expert, Marge Perry, here.

Pumpkin Tacos These tacos are bound together by a creamy, slightly spicy pumpkin spread. The crunchy pepitas (pumpkin seeds) are resourcefully and deliciously used as a garnish.

Curried Pumpkin Soup Try this soup in lieu of a traditional butternut squash soup for all the comfort of traditional flavors with a kick of something special.

Fettuccine with Pumpkin Sauce Peanut butter and jelly, bread and butter, pork and apples—sage and pumpkin join the ranks as flavor soulmates.

Pumpkin Shepherd's Pie No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Mashed pumpkin in place of traditional mashed potatoes gives this pub grub dish a flavor makeover.

Join us every Friday as we explore trending flavors and off-the-wall ingredients you've got to try—even if just once.