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20 Savory Pumpkin Recipes Even Pumpkin-Haters Will Love

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This time of year, we all start to go pumpkin-crazy—for good reason! Pumpkin’s around for such a short time and is, frankly, just plain delicious. Make sure you take full advantage of the season by adding pumpkin into your all your fall soups, pastas, and even hummus. And if you end one of these fall meals with a pumpkin dessert? Honestly, that sounds genius.

Pumpkin is a deliciously hearty addition to some of our go-to weeknight dinners. Switch up your usual routine with our recipes for pumpkin curry, pumpkin chili, and pumpkin lasagna, and you just might find yourself preferring these over the originals. Got any leftover pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin? It’s the perfect special something that adds dimension and earthy sweetness to pumpkin sage gnocchi and pumpkin bacon mac and cheese.

Have you carved up your own pumpkin for a spooky Jack O’Lantern? Whatever you do, please keep those pumpkin seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are one of our all-time favorite fall-time snacks, and there’s so many flavor combos to try. Perfect for snacking, or topping your pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds can also be made into sikil p’ak (pumpkin seed salsa).

And if you need help on carving up your pumpkin, we’ve found all the best pumpkin carving tools, easy pumpkin carving inspiration, and even emoji-inspired pumpkin carving ideas.

If you love all these cozy pumpkin meals, you’ll definitely want to try all of our summer squash, butternut squash, winter & fall squash, and spaghetti squash recipes.

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Monster Cookies

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No Halloween celebration is complete without these cute-and-creepy monster cookies. Made with a simple

Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie dough and flavored with cocoa powder, these crisp cookies are delicious all on their own. And once sandwiched together with tinted Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting and decorated with sanding sugar and candy eyeballs, they’re downright irresistible.

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Yields:

12

Prep Time:

30 mins

Total Time:
40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1

    (17.5-oz.) package Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix

  • 1/3 c.

    plus 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tbsp.

    powdered sugar

  • 1/2 c.

    (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1

    (16-oz.) can Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting

  • Blue, red, and green food coloring, Betty Crocker™ Candy Eyeballs, and Betty Crocker™ 4-Cell Sugars, for decorating

Directions

    1. Step 1

      Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. Add butter and egg and mix with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until a dough forms and no dry spots remain. It will seem dry at first, but keep mixing and it will come together.

    2. Step 2On a large cutting board, roll dough until 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick. Using a 3″ round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible. Do not remove rounds from cut dough. Refrigerate dough 20 minutes before peeling away scraps. Reroll scraps to cut out more rounds.
    3. Step 3Preheat oven to 350º. Arrange rounds on prepared sheet, spacing 1″ to 2″ apart.
    4. Step 4 Bake cookies until centers are set and edges are crisp, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
    5. Step 5Separate Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting into 3 bowls, then color with blue, red, and green food coloring.
    6. Step 6Place a generous spoonful of green frosting on bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie, angling the edge upward to push some frosting out like a bubble. Place 1 to 3 Betty Crocker™ Candy Eyeballs into widest part of frosting. Holding the cookie, spoon or sprinkle green Betty Crocker™ decorating sugar over frosting. Repeat with other frosting colors and matching sugars. Refrigerate leftover cookies.

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16 Best Ravioli Recipes To Satisfy That Stuffed Pasta Craving

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Toasted Ravioli

We’re obsessed with ravioli, but most of the time we admit that the four pieces you get as a serving aren’t filling enough. That’s why it makes the perfect app. Breaded and fried, it’s so fun to eat ravioli with your hands and dipping it in plenty of marinara. Bonus! Toasted ravioli works in the air fryer too, meaning you can skip all of the oil for an even more perfect appetizer.

Get the Toasted Ravioli recipe.

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Bourbon, Bacon, And Blue Cheese Steak Sliders

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If you picture miniature cheeseburgers when you hear “sliders,” allow us to introduce you to the ultimate upgrade. With a creamy Treasure Cave® Crumbled Blue Cheese-based spread, juicy slices of New York strip steak, and bourbon-glazed caramelized onions, this decidedly adult slider is guaranteed to please. Serve a couple along with some sides as a celebratory dinner, or let a tray make the rounds at your next party. No ketchup or mustard needed!

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Yields:
12

Prep Time:
1 hour 0 min

Total Time:
1 hour 10 min

Ingredients

  • 1

    (1 lb.) New York strip steak, about 1¼” thick

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/3 c.

    mayonnaise

  • 2/3 c.

    (about 4 oz.) Treasure Cave® Crumbled Blue Cheese, plus additional for serving

  • Zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 6

    pieces (about 6 oz.) thick-cut bacon

  • 1

    large yellow or white onion, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1/3 c.

    bourbon

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • 12

    brioche slider buns

  • Unsalted butter, for toasting buns

  • 12

    large basil leaves

Directions

    1. Step 1Place steak on a plate and season generously on all sides with salt. Some salt will come off when you pat the steak dry later, so don’t be shy–season with gusto. Let steak come to room temperature as you prepare components for sliders.
    2. Step 2In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, ⅔ cup Treasure Cave® Crumbled Blue Cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to refrigerator until ready to serve.
    3. Step 3Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook, flipping occasionally, until slices are crisp and golden, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
    4. Step 4Remove all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from pan, reserving any remaining fat for searing steak. Add onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden on the edges and starting to caramelize, about 12 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat if necessary to prevent burning. Add bourbon and stir to deglaze bottom of pan until nearly evaporated, about 30 seconds. Transfer onions to a bowl until ready to assemble sliders.
    5. Step 5Wipe out skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat, using olive oil as necessary if not enough bacon fat remains. When fat just begins to smoke, add steak. Sear until well caramelized and crusty on the underside, about 6 to 8 minutes. Flip, and continue cooking until steak is golden, about 4 to 6 minutes more; an instant-read thermometer stuck into the middle of steak should read 125° to 130° for medium-rare. Using a pair of tongs, hold one side of steak to the surface of the skillet, rolling back and forth as necessary to brown, about 1 ½ minutes. Repeat with the second side of steak.
    6. Step 6Remove steak to a rack and let rest to allow juices to redistribute, 10 minutes. (If you prefer your steak room temperature, let rest up to 30 minutes.) Thinly slice against the grain. Taste a slice and season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
    7. Step 7As steak rests, toast slider buns: Split buns in half. Place cast iron skillet back on the burner over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter. When melted, add as many buns will fit, cut sides down. Toast until lightly golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining buns, replenishing butter as necessary between batches.
    8. Step 8Assemble sliders: Spread blue cheese mixture on both sides of the slider buns. Add a basil leaf to the bottom halves of the buns. Break the bacon slices in half and divide among the buns, along with the steak, caramelized onions, and additional Treasure Cave® Crumbled Blue Cheese. Using toothpicks, finish each slider with a bun top and serve.

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