Whether you are using canned pumpkin puree, fresh or pumpkin pie filling — pumpkin is one of the most flexible flavors you can cook with. Let’s look at what goes with pumpkin to satisfy any craving.
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Did you know that pumpkin is a fruit? That’s right. Since it has seeds and starts from a flower it is considered to be a fruit.
Interesting fact, that I thought would be interesting to share.
Now, let’s get into some of the pairings
Meat, Fish, and Poultry that goes well with pumpkin (protein)
Fresh or canned pumpkin would taste good with meat proteins.
3. Pork chops
6. Chicken breast
8. Turkey (turkey legs)
When you think of pumpkins, most of us think of Fall. But did you know that pumpkin goes with fruit too? Be sure to pick your favorites, start small with the recipe and see which fruit you want to go with your pumpkin recipe.
15. Blood orange
21. Dried apricots
22. Figs (dried and fresh)
Herbs and Spices that go with pumpkin
When you are looking at what flavors go with pumpkin, your first choice may be to start with the herbs and spices that you have in your pantry.
24. Garlic powder
25. Onion powder
29. Hungarian paprika
38. Cinnamon Vanilla
Earthy, sweet, and savory are just a few flavors that go with pumpkin and these vegetables you can use one, two or three of them to get the flavor combinations that you are looking for.
45. Brussels sprouts
49. Caesar salad
50. Chef salad
Nuts and Seeds
Just about any nut or seed will go well with pumpkin. Here are a few to get you started.
53. Sunflower seeds
54. Pine nuts
55. Sesame seeds
Cheese that pairs well with pumpkin
Cheeses range in tastes. Everything from salty, savory, tangy, and pungent. Choosing a cheese will depend highly on your favorite. If you do not like pungent cheese such as Roquefort blue cheese, then choose something like feta as a substitute.
60. Blue cheese (gorgonzola)
61. Swiss cheese
Bread and Pasta
From pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread, and vegetarian pumpkin wraps grains go with canned pumpkin puree and fresh pumpkin.
Sweeten the pumpkin
You can use just about any sweetener but here are a few that I have found that work well.
74. Brown sugar
75. Maple syrup
78. Coconut oil
79. Olive oil
80. Vegetable oil
81. Avocado oil
85. White wine
Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie filling are very different. Pumpkin pie filling is filled with spices, while pumpkin puree is just squash.
If you would like to flavor your recipe, use the puree. Otherwise, the pre-seasoned pie filling is fine.