what to do with leftover pumpkin

We’ve entered that time of year when pumpkin works its way onto many menus. Since pumpkin pie never made it into my family’s Thanksgiving tradition, a few years ago I decided to bring in the festive color and flavor with homemade Pumpkin Nutmeg Rolls. There was no looking back; they’re now a staple of the Policow family turkey day. The recipe calls for 16 ounces of canned pumpkin. Since Libby’s comes in 15-oz. and 29-oz. cans, I always buy the bigger one and end up about 1/2 a can of pumpkin left over. Over the years I’ve come up with delicious recipes to use up the excess. After making a batch of rolls on Saturday morning for the upcoming holiday (they freeze amazingly well) I added about half of the leftover puree to cinnamon-spiced, chocolate-chip-studded pancakes. With my remaining pumpkin, I think I’ll take the easy road, mixing it into softened cream cheese. This simple 2-ingredient “recipe” makes a delicious dip for fruit and crackers. Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes? –Erica P.

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brownies! i mix some with confectioners sugar and creem cheese and swirl on top of brownies.. this year i haveno excess pumpkin but i have a jar of pumpkin butter that i bought for a recipe and have no use for, so i’m going to try that instead. i hope its just as delicious!

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