All sorts of winter squashes and sweet potatoes are native to the Americas and figure prominently in the cuisines of North and South America and the Caribbean. Though not closely related botanically, sweet potatoes and pumpkin-y squash do have similar colors, textures, and flavors—and their uses often overlap.
Blow some fresh life into your autumn/winter table with the following recipes from Mexico and Latin America in general.
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When a pumpkin or other winter squash is cut up in Latin America, these seeds are used in any one of a number of delicious ways, from savory sauces to sweet desserts. In Mexico, the most common use for these seeds (called pepas or pepitas) is as a salty snack. They can be oven roasted or stove-top toasted, in-shell or out. Learn to make basic pepitas snacks, candied pumkin seeds, or roasted pumpkin seeds 3 ways.
If you get a little more ambitious, try Pepita Brittle or Pumpkin Seed Brittle.
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Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin)
The most Mexican of all ways to serve pumpkin (or similar winter squash) is candied— that is, cooked and served with a brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange juice syrup. Eaten as a snack, dessert, or breakfast, Calabaza en Tacha is one of the most traditional dishes for the Day of the Dead celebration an all through November. Try this rustic treat for yourself!
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Cream of Sweet Potato Soup
Fancy dinners in Mexico often start with a cream soup, and this is one of the best ones. Full of the rustic flavors of the main ingredient and the herb epazote, this smooth, creamy sweet potato soup is pure comfort food.
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Sweet Potato Tamales
They have different names in different lands- humitas, pasteles, hallacas, pamonhas, etc.- but tamales in one form or another are enjoyed in most Latin American countries. This version, made with the usual masa harina plus mashed sweet potato, bacon, onion, and raisins, will work wonderfully for you for any autumn occasions.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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What could be more Latin American than empanadas? Enjoyed all over the American continent and spiced up with regional variations, few foods can beat empanadas for flavor, soul, and portability. Make some of your own with this recipe for Baked Pumpkin Empanadas or Halloween Butternut Squash Empanadas.
If you have apples (or apple pie filling) on hand, try Apple Empanadas.
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Pumpkin Flan lc
Flan came to the Americas with the Spanish conquerors, and it has become a favorite dessert in the New World, with versions of it prepared in all Western Hemisphere countries. It was only natural that this beloved dish would be combined with local ingredients such as pumpkin. Don’t go another day without trying Pumpkin Flan, Pumpkin Maple Flan, or Gluten Free Pumpkin Caramel Flan,
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Beef Stew in a Pumpkin
Argentina is known for its beef, and this is one of the most original of ways to prepare it. Carbonada en Zapallo (a beefy stew served in a pumpkin shell) delights the eyes with its novelty and feeds body and soul with healthful ingredients. Give your November or December holiday meal a boost of nutritious fun by this meal-in-a-pumpkin.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Arepa Sandwich with Sweet Potatoes and Beans
Colombian and Venezuelan cuisines feature arepas, griddle-cooked corn cakes that are eaten in various ways, including split and stuffed like a sandwich. This rendition with black beans, spinach, and chunks of sweet potato may strike you as a real sandwich revelation.
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Sweet Potato Causa
Causa Rellena, a dish of mashed potatoes and a meat or seafood mix is one of Peru´s most beloved entrees. Switch the traditional white or yellow potatoes for sweet potatoes and add some condensed milk, nuts, and cranberries, and you come up with this wonderful version—Causa de Camote—that works deliciously as a first course or a dessert.
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Pumpkin Arroz con Leche
Rice pudding is one of those ubiquitous desserts in Latin America and, in fact, a large number of countries around the globe. Dress it up for autumn with some pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Another enticing option: Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake.