To celebrate, Rachael and I have been very happily indulging in several recipes involving the use of copious amounts of pumpkin. One of our perennial favorites is a recipe for pumpkin chili that we’ve been playing with; our preference this year is to season it with pumpkin pie spices so it’s more of a slightly sweet chili. We’ve also been playing with the protein; the base recipe calls for turkey, but in the last week we decided to be lazy/creative and substitute chicken meatballs from IKEA (we live close enough to an IKEA that we can go every couple weeks and get Swedish foodstuffs!).
The latest bit of culinary joy we indulged in was a round of pumpkin pancakes. I’d link a recipe except that in this case I can’t; I mixed up the batter with our remaining pancake batter mix and a fifteen ounce can of pumpkin (note: this was way too much pumpkin). There were a handful of spices thrown in (pretty much just a teaspoon of all the typical spices you’d put in a pumpkin pie), and then enough water to get the batter to a thin enough consistency for pan frying.
The end result of my bit of experimentation was a pancake that was super thin, extremely wet, and not terribly appetizing (I mean, I still ate it; it just wasn’t the Platonic ideal of a pancake). Thankfully, Rachael got home just as I was beginning to fry up the batter, and she pointed out that I had added too much pumpkin, so I probably needed more flour or an egg to bind everything together better. We tossed in an extra half cup or so of flour and poof the batter was just right. You can see the end result of this adjusted recipe below.
These pancakes were good. They’re great with some maple syrup for topping (the slight vanilla flavor from the syrup really complements the pumpkin pie spices and sweetens the whole dish), but they’re flexible enough that you could really use whatever topping you prefer. Give them a try while pumpkin’s easy to find (and probably look up a recipe instead of just making the whole thing up like I did; that could have been disastrous for dinner).