Pumpkin Spice Applications with Chef Chris

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the coolness in the air that coexists with the early fall sun. This is without even mentioning the seasonal bliss that comes with all things Fall. Speaking of which…. When did pumpkin spice become such a phenomenon?! You’d be hard pressed to find a coffee shop or restaurant that doesn’t offer some sort of pumpkin spice beverage or dish during this season. The spice is basically a combination of ground spices; cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. This magical mixture smells amazing and is very flavorful, however, it mostly applied to baked goods (cupcakes, muffins, cakes, and pies). The beauty of pumpkin spice is that it gives you both a sweet and savory flavor profile. While the typical thought might be to apply it to the always consistent pumpkin pie, consider using it on other fall squash such as acorn, buttercup, butternut, Hubbard, or potentially spaghetti squash. All of these roasted with some butter or oil and sprinkled with pumpkin spice are terrific. Another interesting recipe involves using the pumpkin spice and adding ground cumin and chipotle to make a slow cooked or smoked pork rub. During this spooky season, don’t be afraid to get diverse with your spice!

Bon Appetit!

Chef Chris

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