October 28, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Pumptoberfest, a potluck that celebrates all things pumpkin, is one of our annual parties. It used to be a late night affair, but since most of us have kids (and are just plain old now), Pumptoberfest is now an afternoon affair. Situated between naptime and bedtime, there was still plenty of time to chow down on some great pumpkin-infused food.
What was my contribution? Store-bought pumpkin raviolis from Alfredo Aiello’s Italian Foods. My days of hand making pumpkin filled turnovers are clearly behind me. I did have an excuse, as I had just traveled across the country with a toddler and had about 12 hours to prep for this party. The pumpkin raviolis were delicious and they were on sale- score! Oh yeah, and we bought the pumpkin beer.
Thankfully, our friends are awesome cooks and brought some really spectacular food. Zach brought some roast pumpkin that he concocted out of thin air- glorious and so savory. No pictures of it because it was decimated by hungry party goers pretty quickly.
There was also Squash Dip served with pretzels, crostini, and funky yellow carrots!
Notes about the squash dip from Eliza: “I only used half the squash (and kept the rest of the quantities the same), and I used cream cheese in place of goat cheese and pecans in place of walnuts. The last two modifications were simply because that’s what I had on hand. I think this would be delicious with goat cheese too! Or maybe ricotta? Mmmmmm…”
Clearly, Eliza is a smart lady because this dip was a treat.
Catherine brought about a million Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling. I ate at least two. Holy moly, these are special. Definitely do not skip the chocolate chips- they really make the recipe!
Kristin whipped up this Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle, despite the fact that she is due with her 2nd baby girl any minute! Despite the excitement and pumpkin-flavored mania, Pumptoberfest didn’t meet its newest pumpkin at the party. Phew.
Notes about the dish from Kristin: “I think it calls for too much pumpkin, so I add that a little bit at a time. I also increased the amount of cinnamon and sugar and made three layers instead of two. It must sit overnight, but the longer it sits, the better it gets!”
The way she made it was perfection, so I’d take her advice.
By the time everyone left (7:30 pm- we are WILD!), I was stuffed to the gills with pumpkin goodness. After I picked up the mini pumpkins that the wee ones had been “trick or treating” with and rounded up all the books that Sam brought out for impromptu story time, I collapsed on the couch. 7 years of Pumptoberfest success.
What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?
Have you ever thrown a potluck? What kind?