By Shelby Morrison
Now that we are in the middle of fall, or shall we call it Pumpkin Spice season, we are seeing sugary, artificially-flavoured food and drinks popping up everywhere. Whether it’s the latest pumpkin spice latte or baked goods, this flavour has gotten out of control. Not only do most of these items contain no real pumpkin, they include plenty of additives, artificial flavourings and sugar.
When owning or working in a restaurant, the last thing you want to do is serve sub-par food to your customers. Providing the best quality, tasty food is of upmost importance. There are still ways to keep up with including fall flavours into your menu without being artificial. Pumpkin is a type of squash that can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. These ideas below can incorporate it into your menu in a more natural, real way.
Pumpkin can add a delicious creaminess to any dish, especially when eating pasta. Puree it and add some sage and perfectly-cooked noodles to create a unique, tasty fall dish. Throw in some nutmeg for an added depth of fall flavour.
Almost any ingredients can be combined to make soup. However, during these fall days, something thick and substantial is definitely what guests are craving. This squash makes for the perfect base and pairs well with other root vegetables. The creaminess it lends to the dish will also impress your vegan customers.
Roasted vegetables are a healthy, filling side dish and can be experimented with using any vegetable. During fall, mix together pumpkin, other varieties of squash, carrots and sweet potatoes with a little olive oil and thyme and roast until veggies are crisp on the outside and tender inside. These are the perfect healthy accompaniment to your meal.
Whether you serve scones for breakfast, brunch or dessert, switch up the flavours seasonally. Come this time of year, and especially around Halloween, add pure pumpkin into the batter, as well as your favourite pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. These fresh scones will be just what your customers were looking for.
Fried dough is pretty much delicious no matter what you do to it. To be honest, fried anything is quite tasty! Similar to the scones, throw some pureed pumpkin and your choice of spices into your dough. Toss them in the deep fryer, and you have an indulgent, delectable dessert.
Use pumpkin however you see fit in your restaurant this fall. With Halloween right around the corner, pumpkins are especially fitting right now. The flavours and aromas of fall will draw your customers in and bring them back for seconds.