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Nov 6, 2008 12:37 PM

Leftover canned pumpkin?

I have a small amount of canned pumpkin left over from some muffins that I made this week. I have this idea of making some kind of pumpkin creamy bechamel sauce to go with some fresh cheese-filled canneloni I bought at the italian market.

i was planning on sauteeing a little onion and garlic, adding flour to make the roux and then adding milk, but what kind of herbs or spices should i add to this?

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  1. Wow - I don't know but it sounds incredible already! I'd like to watch and see what others suggest too. :)

    1. I think sage would be nice with your idea...fried sage leaves for garnish
      believe it or not Rachel Ray did some kind of pasta sauce with pumpkin recently, it was more asian-inspired with almost a satay kind of base (peanut butter, tamari).

      1. Don't bother with the flour and milk (no need to make a roux to thicken something that is already thick, such as pumpkin puree). Just caramelize the onions in a little OO/butter, then bloom the garlic and a little fresh ginger OR some chopped sage in the hot fat; then add the pumpkin. If it's too thick, dribble in a little half-and-half, to loosen it up. If it still needs a kick, add some Tabasco or black pepper. Let me know how it comes out.

        1. Thanks for your suggestions, everyone! Now I'm going to raid the pantry to see what I've got. I'll post my results :)

          1. I am not an experienced expert on Italian recipes for savory pumpkin dishes, but I have read quite a few of them (with great curiosity) and I find that they generally include such herbs and spices as chopped onion, minced garlic, oregano, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, paprika, pimiento, sweet pepper, parsley, and of course - even though they're not on the herbs and spice list, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Pancetta and roasted pine nuts are also included in many of the recipes I've read using pumpkin in savory Italian fashion.
            OK course, there's always that "blended Italian herb" ingredient, but I've never been able to come up with a strict definition for what that is.
            P.S. Looks like I missed the deadline for entry by five minutes.