Pumpkin and Herbs

Pumpkin and Herbs

From The Herb Lady and The Herb Gazette

Pumpkin is one of my all time favorite fall cooking goodies. I have stuffed pumpkins with turkey stuffing and baked them. They are really tasty, and basil has a natural affinity with pumpkin. Try making a pancake or waffle batter substituting some canned pumpkin for the eggs, and add some fresh or dried basil. The pumpkin makes the batter almost sweet and the basil adds a very nice element.

You may make variations of this soup--it is kind of like eating warm pumpkin pie with a savory note. One could easily add a diced apple to the mix!

Ginger Pumpkin Bisque


3/4 cup chopped shallots

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

2 Tbsp. walnut oil or cooking oil

1/4 cup flour

4 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup apple cider

1 16 ounce can pumpkin (unseasoned)

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 bay leaves

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. dried thyme (crushed)

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1 cup whipping cream (optional)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup whipping cream garnish (optional)

In 3-quart saucepan cook shallots, onions and ginger in hot oil over medium heat until tender but not brown. Stir in flour. Add chicken broth and cider all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Stir in rest of ingredients except cream and vanilla. Return to boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves. Cool slightly. Using blender, blend in matches. Return to saucepan and stir in vanilla and 1 cup of cream if desired. Heat through, but do not boil. Pour servings, swirl in additional cream if desired. Makes 8 servings.

About the Author:

Catherine, The Herb Lady, is the editor of the Herb Gazette, a print newsletter featuring the Kitchen Flavor of the Month which is a cook's reader service. Reader's receive an herb or blend sample and the monthly issue of the newsletter. For more information visit here.

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