When most people contemplate eating pumpkin, they think of pumpkin pie. This quintessential Thanksgiving favorite has graced holiday tables for decades, and it's easy to make gluten-free.
However, there's plenty more to pumpkin than just pie. As you can see from the following recipes, you can use this versatile orange squash to make soup, cheesecake or even a holiday latté.
1. Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Traditional pumpkin pie features a buttery crust and lightly spiced pumpkin custard filling, topped with whipped cream. This recipe, from About.com's Expert on Gluten-Free Cooking, fits the bill nicely: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe
You'll need to pre-make a gluten-free pie crust to make this pie. You can either buy one or make one — here's my list of what's available: Gluten-Free Pie Crusts Galore!
2. Vegan Pumpkin Pie
It's actually pretty easy to make this vegan gluten-free pumpkin pie — it simply substitutes soy milk for the dairy-based milk that's normally used in the pie's filling. If you're soy-free, you can sub your favorite nut milk, as well.
Again, you'll need a pre-made pie crust at the ready for this recipe. About.com's Expert on Vegetarian Cooking offers a super-easy vegan gluten-free pie crust with just three ingredients: shortening, rice flour and water.
3. Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie
If you tend to eat low-carb and/or grain-free, you'll like this low-carb gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe from About.com's Expert on Low-Carb Diets. It's sweetened with artificial sweetener and molasses, but you can omit the molasses to lower the carb content even further.
Pair this pumpkin pie with this grain-free, low-carb pecan crust for the best results. It looks a bit like a graham cracker crust, but the pecans bring a wonderful nutty flavor that really complements the pie.
4. Vegan, Rice-Free, Corn-Free Pumpkin Pie
Here's another vegan gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe, this time from another excellent chef and blogger, the Gluten-Free Goddess. This recipe is friendly to people who have allergies and intolerances well beyond gluten — it omits soy, egg, rice and corn ingredients.
It's actually a crust-less pumpkin pie, but it contains the pseudo-grain buckwheat to give the custard some heft. If you're not wild about buckwheat, you can substitute your favorite flour — I like this gluten-free flour blend.
5. Super-Rich Pumpkin Pie
To wrap up the list of potential gluten-free pumpkin pies, we have this super-rich pumpkin pie recipe from yet another great gluten-free baking site, the Art of Gluten-Free Baking. You can either start from scratch with an actual pumpkin or use canned pumpkin — your choice, depending on how much of a challenge you enjoy.
It's possible to make this recipe without dairy, but it really will work best with evaporated milk or cream in the filling — that's what gives it its rich flavor and texture. The recommended gluten-free pie crust to use with this recipe is a traditional, rolled-out crust that no one will suspect is really gluten-free.
6. Pumpkin Pudding
If you're not motivated to make a gluten-free pie crust — or if you prefer your pie without crust — this is the recipe for you. The creator of this pumpkin pudding recipe, About.com's Expert on Southern Food, describes it as "pumpkin pie without a crust."
Bonus: it's naturally gluten-free. All it takes for this pumpkin pudding is pumpkin purée, safe spices (check out my Gluten-Free Spices article for the safest bets), sugar, eggs, vanilla and half-and-half or light cream.
7. Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake
If you're looking for something out of the ordinary — either for Thanksgiving or just because you like pumpkin — you'll like this recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake from Elana's Pantry. The recipe doesn't use canned pumpkin; instead, you start with an actual pumpkin (or a butternut squash), and roast it.
Elana's well-known for low-carb, grain-free recipes that make good use of nut flours (her Gluten-Free Cupcakes recipe collection gets plenty of use at my house), and this pie-style cheesecake doesn't disappoint. It would work well as an elegant ending to any Thanksgiving feast.
8. Pumpkin Soup with Gruyère Cheese
This pumpkin soup with Gruyère cheese from About.com's Expert on Gourmet Food represents another naturally gluten-free vegetarian recipe. Just make sure to use gluten-free vegetable stock (Maplegrove Gluten-Free Foods makes one option).
The soup itself features an interesting combination of pumpkin, orange juice, cream sherry, heavy cream and Gruyère — I expect it would make an excellent addition to a late-fall menu.
9. Pumpkin Pie Latté
Finally, you may be interested in a pumpkin pie latté to drink. Unfortunately, the ones at Starbucks may or may not be safe (see Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte - Gluten-Free or Not? for more details). However, if you're a fan of seasonal coffee beverages, you can try making this pumpkin pie latté at home, without the need to empty your wallet at the local coffee bar. You'll need canned pumpkin, milk, strong coffee, vanilla (I like Singing Dog Vanilla's Alcohol-Free Pure Vanilla Flavor), and cinnamon.
If you sip your latté while munching on gluten-free pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake, you'll truly have the perfect ending to your harvest meal.