8 Unusual Pumpkin Recipes

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8 Unusual Pumpkin Recipes

Picking a good pumpkin is a lot like picking a good apple: You should check its firmness and make sure there aren't any bruises. And be sure not to carry it by its stem, because it could break off. Now, that you've got your pumpkin, try one of these unusual pumpkin recipes!

Cranberry, Clementine and Pumpkin Seed Conserve

This Cranberry, Clementine and Pumpkin Seed Conserve takes almost four hours to prepare, but it goes perfectly with just about any meat dish. Actually, it goes perfectly with just about any dish. Like we said: Save the pumpkin seeds!

Click here for the recipe: Cranberry, Clementine and Pumpkin Seed Conserve

Fingerling Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Romesco

Another pumpkin-seed based dish, these potatoes pack a flavorful punch with garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, chile powder and more.

Click here for the recipe: Fingerling Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Romesco

Pumpkin Apple Mash

This Pumpkin Apple Mash brings together two of our favorite tastes of fall. Add in brown sugar and chicken broth, and this dish is sure to please everyone involved.

Click here for the recipe: Pumpkin Apple Mash

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

This classic comfort food tastes perfectly autumnal with the addition of pumpkin flavor.

Click here for the recipe: Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup

There's nothing better than soup on a cold day. And this soup option can be made with pumpkin or squash. Either way, it's sure to taste like fall.

Click here for the recipe: Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup

Glazed Chocolcate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Now you really have no excuse for making a plain pumpkin pie. All it takes is a quick swap of a few ingredients, and you could have a crowd-pleasing chocolate-pumpkin bundt cake.

Click here for the recipe: Glazed Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin, nutmeg, molasses and raisins come together to make these cookies the go-to dessert for any fall dish. Pair them with a cup of hot chocolate if you're really in the mood for fall.

Click here for the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Scones

Another great dessert option, this tart combines the fall flavor of pumpkin with the summer flavor of coconut for a memorably smooth taste.

Click here for the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Scones

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Pumpkins are a necessity for fall. Whether they're sitting on your front stoop or sitting on the plate in front of you, they are the perfect complement to the brisk weather outside. But there's only so much pumpkin pie one person can eat, so we are here to give you some pumpkin-inspired options for fall that you might not have otherwise tried. And whatever you decide to do with that pumpkin, be sure to keep the seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds are one of our favorite fall snacks!

However, before you start cooking, make sure that you have adequately cleaned your pumpkin. To do this, rinse the outside of the pumpkin and scrub it with a vegetable brush, and then cut it in half. Scrape out the seeds and fibers on the inside of the pumpkin. Then you can cut it into smaller pieces and place the pieces on a baking pan skin down. Cover the bottom of the pan with water, and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cover the pumpkin pieces, and let them cook until they are fork tender. Once it has cooled, you can scoop out the rest of the flesh of the pumpkin. And now you are ready to cook!

Check out the slideshow above to learn eight creative uses for pumpkin.

For more fall-inspired (and orange) recipes, check out How Sweet It Is: Sweet Potato Recipes and GMC Trade Secret's 10 Easy Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin.

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