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Pumpkin Spice Blend
I love when readers request recipes, and this one was an easy request to fulfill.
I’m surprised you haven’t included a recipe for pumpkin spice. I consider spice mixes to kind of be your thing! It’s my favorite thing that I’ve learned from you and in this case really necessary — I live in the UK and (shock! horror!) we don’t get pumpkin spice mixes. I don’t even know what’s in them or what they taste like (although I can guess), so I’d love to know if you do have your own spice mix!
So here it is: my take on Pumpkin Spice Blend plus suggestions on how to use it to add a lovely taste of autumn to your favorite dishes.
Pumpkin Spice Blend
Makes 1/4 cup | Prep 3 minutes | Whole30 compliant
3 tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
Make it spicy! Add 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (Great for savory dishes!)
Place all the spices in a small bowl or jelly jar. Mix until combined. Store covered and sprinkle with abandon.
Rule of thumb for use: Use about 1 teaspoon per pound of meat and a pinch for individual servings of stuff, like 1/2 sweet potato or an apple. This is a broad generalization, so rely on your taste buds to guide you.
Use it to make Spicy Pumpkin-Spiced Pepitas.
Make sweet potato home fries: Sauté cubes of cooked sweet potato in your favorite cooking fat (lard, duck, coconut oil, ghee) with chopped scallions and Pumpkin Spice Blend.
Sprinkle on roasted winter squash: butternut, delicata, acorn
Make Autumn Hash: Sauté an onion in your favorite cooking fat until soft. Add some Pumpkin Spice Blend, then toss in cooked protein — roast chicken or turkey, beef or pork roast, ground beef — and cubes of roasted winter squash or sweet potatoes.
Spread a banana or apple spices with Sunbutter and sprinkle with Pumpkin Spice Blend.