Other Spices That Are Great With Pumpkin (Besides, You Know…Pumpkin Spice)

published Oct 15, 2013
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I am not ashamed: I love me some pumpkin spice. Lattes? Bring it on. Cookies? Oh, yes. Pie? I’m surprised you’re asking. But, friends, let’s be real here. There are a lot of other spices in the cupboard that would be thrilled to get introduced to that pumpkin on your counter — and not all of them are sweet.

  1. Ras el Hanout: Think of this as pumpkin spice’s fiercer, edgier sibling. It’s made with cinnamon and cloves, but also goes a touch savory — and tongue tingling — with peppercorns, cumin, and turmeric.
  2. Ginger: Ginger often plays a supporting role in pumpkin spice mixes, but it deserves it’s own time in the spotlight. Mix your pumpkin with freshly-grated ginger for a spicy, sweet treat.
  3. Chili Powder: A good chili spice blend brings out the warm, savory notes in pumpkin. It’s pumpkin like you’ve never seen it before.
  4. Garam Masala: Pumpkin curry, anyone?
  5. Sage: Pumpkin and sage make great companions in our recipe for Pumpkin and Ricotta Pasta Casserole. I’d also love to try pumpkin in our recipe for Fettuccine with Squash and Sage.
  6. Chinese Five-Spice Powder: I love that this spice blend can go sweet or savory depending on how you use it. It would be incredible with pumpkin.
  7. Vanilla: Really want to bring out pumpkin’s sweet side? Mix that puree with real vanilla bean.

What about you? Do you have a favorite spice or spice mix that pairs well with pumpkin? Do share!