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Jun 4, 2008 08:03 PM

Canned Pumpkin--How Do You Use It (Besides Pie)

I love my canned Libby pumpkin! I have found some creative uses for it besides making pumpkin pie.

-Mix a little in cottage cheese with some pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup
-stir in greek yogurt
-Indian pudding
-Replace it for eggs/oil in some baked goods

How do you use it besides making pumpkin pie? Let's share how to utilize this wonderful canned veggie.

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  1. I make a Caribbean inspired spicy soup - recipe varies each time but pumpkin is always in it. Also Make a dip with pumpkin & black beans. The dip, if left chunkier is good as a filling for wraps.

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    1. re: meatn3

      I use it for soup, too, but more of wintery soup, not spicy. I just substitute it for the potatoes in a creamy potato soup and add a pinch of cumin. I made the pumpkin and black been dip, too.

      I also use it to make pumpkin bread, same recipe as banana bread, but substitute the pumpkin puree for bananas and add pie spices.

    2. Add it to protein shakes... ice, protein powder, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla... blend.

      Stir it into oatmeal.

      Stir it into the egg mixture for pumpkin bread pudding.

      I make a sauce for a hearty white fish (used to be chilean sea bass), by pureeing pumpkin w/ caramelized onions, a little roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, evaporated milk and sage. Serve over broiled fish garnished w/ more sage and caramelized onions.

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      1. re: Emme

        I love stirring into oatmeal as well with a little pumpkin pie spice.

          1. re: rudysmom

            pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
            pumpkin apple (or other fruit) muffins
            pumpkin pancakes or waffles

            1. re: allieinbklyn

              Funny that you mention it... my mom makes pumpkin chocolate chip cookies too. Apparently it was a recipe (Gourmet or something) for pumpkin raisin ones, and she didn't have raisins so she added the chocolate chips instead, and the recipe was a hit. I thought she was the only one who made them! :)

              1. re: sfumato

                Chocolate chips also work very nicely in pumpkin bread. Hmm... I may have to starting baking now!

                1. re: sfumato

                  I've made batches w/ white chocolate chip cookies that were well received.

                  Also chopped pecan praelines or pistachios make a nice addition to any sweetened bready pumpkin product.

            2. There's a pumpkin pie ice cream recipe that came with my new Cuisinart ICE so I plan to try that.