Seasons, for many, are relished and celebrated in no small part for the new foods they bring with them. In the winter, we hunker down with comfort food and soups and Christmas cookies, in the summer we go crazy with fresh produce and barbecues. And in the fall, well, our love of all things pumpkin spice has been well documented in viral tweets and memes this year. Not only does autumn bring pumpkin spice everything (really: pumpkin spice sangria anyone?) but one of the biggest and most iconic food holidays of the year — Thanksgiving. All religions celebrate it, and it is the singular holiday where one main item is universally acknowledged as the centerpiece: a turkey. I know, not everyone has turkey on Thanksgiving, but I'm pretty sure those that don't are the real cultural terrorists. (I will admit to considering duck on occasion, but it's still in the family.)
But if we spend all our time cooking, that's less time spent bundled up for walks amidst the fall foliage or unbundled with cocktails in front of the fire. So we've rounded up some easy recipes that give the most fall-comfort-food-bang for the effort involved. Enjoy!
Goat Cheese and Pumpkin Fondue
This is so simple to throw together, especially in a crock pot at a party, sounds classy and tastes delicious with a baguette.
- ½ to 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree, depending how pumpkiny you want it to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- ¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 6 Ounces Goat Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Half and Half
Whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cardamom and nutmeg. Cardamom is expensive so if you want to skip that, I don't think it makes a big difference. To make this on the stovetop, heat the half and half over a low heat and add in the goat cheese. Whisk the half and half with the goat cheese, until creamy, adding more liquid if needed. Pour the goat cheese mixture into a ramekin and swirl in the pumpkin.
Or, dump everything but the pumpkin into your crock pot, stirring every few minutes until creamy, and then swirl in your pumpkin. Enjoy!
This recipe is adapted from this Cooking Stoned version.