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Perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your Halloween leftovers

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Recipes to put a smile on your face

Autumn heralds the arrival of a much-loved ingredient: the pumpkin. Here we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest pumpkin recipes, whether you’re using up a glut of gourds from the garden or wondering what to do with leftovers after you’ve carved your Halloween lantern.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin fries

Pumpkin fries might not get as crispy as their potato equivalent, but they’re incredibly easy to make. Just peel the skin from the pumpkin and cut the flesh into slim chunks before baking in a hot oven or deep-frying.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Indian-spiced pumpkin

A deliciously spicy dish, this pumpkin cooked with cracked coriander and cumin seeds in a spicy dry masala will warm the coldest of nights.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Spiced pumpkin butter

Spiced pumpkin butter is a treat with everything from pancakes to granola, and will keep in the fridge for roughly a week.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Sri Lankan pumpkin curry

This thick and creamy curry with tender chunks of pumpkin is enhanced by a burst of flavour from tempered onions, curry leaves and mustard seeds. It takes just over half an hour to cook.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin cannelloni

Creamy and rich, this pumpkin cannelloni recipe is the ideal winter warmer. The lasagne sheets are filled with ricotta, pumpkin, thyme and chilli.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Extra mature Cheddar, kale, red onion, pumpkin and quinoa winter salad

Sometimes it’s hard to find a salad for those colder winter months, but this extra mature Cheddar, kale, red onion, pumpkin and quinoa winter salad from British chef Lee Westcott really hits the spot.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin ginger cake

Why not pair a pumpkin spiced latte with a slice of pumpkin-flavoured ginger cake? This bake is easy to adapt. You could try adding a little fresh orange juice and zest, stir chocolate chips into the batter, or top with melted chocolate.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onion tart

This pizza dough tart uses a delicious partnership of roasted pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onion. Serve for lunch with a salad, or for dinner with vegetables and new potatoes.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin risotto

This pumpkin risotto is the perfect dish to make midweek. Serve with a scattering of roasted walnuts, shredded chicory and gorgonzola.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin smoothie

It might sound bizarre, but the sweetness of pumpkin works wonderfully well in a smoothie. Try blending pumpkin purée (stewed in water and then blitzed) with banana, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup and milk.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Spiced pumpkin cupcakes

The flavour of spiced pumpkin works perfectly with the light texture of cupcakes. Go all-out for Halloween and sprinkle with edible glitter!

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin and butter bean broth

This hearty, warming broth is a good alternative to thick autumn soups. Make it from pumpkin, carrots, celery, butter beans, courgettes and fresh thyme.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Warm bean and pumpkin salad

Think pumpkin is just for rich, heavy dishes? Think again. This warm mixed bean salad with pumpkin, cherry tomatoes and spices makes a great light meal – and you can make it in your slow cooker.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Squash and harissa dip

Looking for a dip with a twist? This recipe for squash and harissa dip works just as well with pumpkin. Top with plain yoghurt and toasted pumpkin seeds.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Apricot, chia and pumpkin seed muffins

These light and delicious apricot, chia and pumpkin seed muffins are a great way of turning the leftover seeds from your pumpkin into a delicious gluten-free snack.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Mini pumpkin and ricotta tarts with spiced honey

Tom Aikens’ mini pumpkin and ricotta tarts with spiced honey are our go-to seasonal canapé. The recipe sees honey infused with fresh ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and juniper, but you can vary the spices according to your personal taste.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin marmalade

Oranges, lemons, fresh ginger and pumpkin come together for an original toast-topper: pumpkin marmalade. You can adjust the ingredients or add spices as you wish; pumpkin is particularly good for jams and marmalades as it absorbs sugar beautifully.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Roast pumpkin soup with blue cheese

You can make soup with fresh pumpkin, but the flavours will be even better if you roast it first. Follow this recipe for a soup that packs a punch, with blue cheese toast croutons.

Get the recipe for roast pumpkin soup with blue cheese here

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Spiced pumpkin, olive oil and orange cake

This is a cake you can turn to when you need to lift your mood as, while it bakes, it fills the kitchen with the uplifting scent of sweet pumpkin and warming cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The cake is dense and supremely moist, using olive oil instead of butter for a wonderfully soft, tender crumb.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Pumpkin pie

Pressed for time? You can cheat and use canned pumpkin and a shop-bought pie shell for this classic pumpkin pie recipe.

food, perfect pumpkin recipes to make with your halloween leftovers

Bonfire chilli with beef, chocolate and pumpkin

This rich chilli is made with pieces of beef rather than minced (ground) beef, and with an added autumnal ingredient: pumpkin. Chocolate is also added to the mix for an authentic Mexican taste – it enhances the depth of flavour, and adds a silky richness. Serve with plain boiled rice, or in bowls with grated cheese and sour cream on top. Don’t forget the tortilla chips for dipping!

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