« Photo Hunt: TIED | Main | Girasoli Cookies »

Sunday Small Bites #8: PUMPKIN

This week, Deborah chose a seasonal ingredient of pumpkin. I love pumpkin, especially in savory dishes, (not big on pumpkin pie). I made pumpkin-polenta bites, and pumpkin-peanut butter soup.


In a 9x13 pyrex baking dish, stir together:

6 c. water
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. polenta

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Stir together and then add to polenta:

1 can pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
1/2 c. sour cream
3/4 c. parmesan cheese

Using an offset spatula, spread mixture into a jelly roll pan, or rimmed baking sheet. Top with 2 c. grated gruyere, cver with foil, and chill for a few hours, or overnight.
When polenta is set, using a biscuit cutter, cut rounds and place them on a clean cookie sheet. Top each with a fresh sage leaf, and place under the broiler until cheese melts.

*If you leave mixture in the original 9x13 pyrex, bake it another 15 minutes with the gruyere and some parmesan on top, you have a great side dish. It goes well with chicken, turkey, and pork!


Pumpkin- Peanut Butter Soup: (Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins)

4 T. unsalted butter
4 c. canned pumpkin
2 c. pureed roasted sweet potatoes
2/3 c. smooth peanut butter
6 c. chicken broth
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
sour cream/ fresh chives for garnish (optional)

Roast sweet potatoes, and let cool enough to scoop out flesh.

Melt butter in soup pot over medium heat. Stir in pumpkin, sweet potatoes and peanut butter.

Add chicken stock, salt and pepper, and stir well until smooth. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Blend with immersion blender.

Before serving, garnish each bowl with sour cream and/or chives.

Comments (2)

These both look delicious. Pumpkin was a fun ingredient this week.


Your pumpkin polenta bites were definitely delicious!

Now I have to try the soup. Peanut butter is one of my favorite things, and this sounds like a good combination of ingredients.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on October 25, 2009 6:24 AM.

The previous post in this blog was Photo Hunt: TIED.

The next post in this blog is Girasoli Cookies.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.33
© 2004 - 2014 Slow Travel