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Carolina Kitchen: Special National Pumpkin Day celebration!

Carolina Kitchen: Special National Pumpkin Day celebration! 

From the kitchen of Bruce’s Fabulous Foods

Cranberry Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2T garlic cloves
  • 4C garbanzo beans, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 C tahini (ground sesame seed paste)
  • 2C pumpkin, prepared
  • 1T salt
  • 2T ground cumin
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 1T light honey
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 1/4 C olive oil (more oil is optional)
  • Water (optional, as necessary)
  • 1C cranberries, halved

Instructions

  1. In the food processor, process the garlic cloves until finely minced.
  2. To the processor bowl, add the garbanzo beans, processing until crumbly, yet smooth.
  3. Add the tahini, salt, cinnamon, honey and cumin.
  4. Continue processing until all ingredients are combined.
  5. The mixture should now begin to smooth out with little evidence of whole beans remaining.
  6. Add the lemon juice and prepared pumpkin to the processor, continuing to blend until combined. By now, the mixture should be smooth.
  7. Finally, drizzle in the olive oil with the processor running until all ingredients are smooth and blended. If you prefer a thinner result, you may add more oil or water, suggested at one tablespoon at a time.
  8. Fold the cranberries into the hummus. Serve with pita chips.

Pumpkin Bisque

Ingredients

  • 4C pumpkin, prepared
  • 1/2 C local honey
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2C apple juice
  • 2C heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, combine the pumpkin, apple juice, brown sugar and honey in the stock pot, stirring briskly to combine.
  2. Simmer for five minutes.
  3. Add the cinnamon and fresh ground nutmeg, stirring to combine.
  4. Add the heavy cream and puree, using the immersion blender in the stock pot or blending portions of the bisque in the food processor until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Thoroughly reheat in the stock pot, but do not boil.
  6. Ladle into soup cups and top with chopped walnuts and cranberries and serve with your favorite turkey sandwich.

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