Celebrate Thanksgiving with the delicious and classic flavor of Pumpkin Pie. But don't stop there! We love that this festive fall fruit is so versatile it can be used in almost any dish -- including snacks, sides and sweets. Make one of our favorite pumpkin recipes for your holiday feast.

By Rachael Ray Every Day
November 01, 2005
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Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake

This layer cake lightens up by skipping the frosting on the sides. Just stack and serve!

brown butter pumpkin layer cake

Pumpkin Risotto

Transform risotto into a seasonal supper. This dish is full of spices like nutmeg, cloves, sage and -- most importantly -- pumpkin!

for saffron lovers: pumpkin risotto

Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Turn pumpkin cupcakes into mini cheesecakes for a sweet after-turkey treat. They're cream cheese spiked cakes!

Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Double-Decker Pumpkin-Caramel Pie

The cookie crust holds together layers of pumpkin and whipped cream deliciousness. Top if off with chocolate shavings for a pretty and sweet garnish.

Double-Decker Pumpkin-Caramel Pie

Pumpkin Spiders

A warm rum, pumpkin and cider cocktail is perfect for a post-Thanksgiving dinner drink. PS: Spiked pumpkin + cider = spider!

pumpkin spiders

How To Make Pumpkin Patch Dippers

Here's a recipe for the kiddos. Not only is this carrot and hummus snack a great family project, but it's also a super nutritious nibble.

Pumpkin Quesadillas

Treat your family and friends to a non-traditional Thanksgiving treat with a pumpkin surprise.

pumpkin quesadillas

Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream and Pecan Praline

Stack pumpkin spice-infused cakes between fluffy frosting. Then, top it off with crunchy pecan praline for an indulgent dessert.

pumpkin cake with whipped cream and pecan praline

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Swirl in pumpkin to this classic cheesecake. It's so good, you'll find yourself saying Pumpkin Pie who?

pumpkin swirl cheesecake

Penne-wise Pumpkin Pasta

Treat your wallet and your pallet to this delicious and healthy pumpkin penne!

penne wise pumpkin pasta

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

This pumpkin-packed cake is a healthier alternative to a custard pie. It'll satisfy cake lovers even without layers of fatty frosting.

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

Molasses Pumpkin Pie

Try this fun take on the classic Pumpkin pie: First, sweeten up pumpkin with molasses. Then, garnish the top with leftover pie crust in fun festive shapes.

molasses pumpkin pie

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

Whip up this pumpkin and whipped cream trifle with gingersnap pieces for crunch. Tip: Layer the trifle in juice glasses with vanilla yogurt for a holiday parfait.

spiced pumpkin mousse trifle

Vegetarian Pumpkin Polenta With Spinach and White Beans

Try this protein-packed polenta for a vegetarian alternative to turkey this Thanksgiving.

vegetarian pumpkin polenta with spinach and white beans

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Make a batch of these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies held together with fluffy cream.

pumpkin whoopie pies

Pumpkin Gravy

Lather your turkey in this thick pumpkin gravy to add seasonal flavor to your plate.

pumpkin gravy

Pumpkin Patch Stuffed Shells

Here's a recipe for the kids. They won't even notice all the hidden nutrients, like beta-carotene and vitamin C.

pumpkin patch stuffed shells

Ravioli with Toasted Pumpkin

Pick up a pack of wonton wrappers, stuff 'em with pumpkin puree and boil them to perfection. Top it all off with crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds.

pumpkin ravioli with toasted pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

Line your creamy pumpkin cheesecake with a spicy gingersnap crust.

pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Martinis

Top off your vanilla vodka and pumpkin spice martini with fluffy whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Martinis

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Turn your blondies into a festive pumpkin treat with these spiced pumpkin squares.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Seed Goat Cheese Pesto

Pesto gets a facelift with this pumpkin seed and goat cheese version. The best part: You can spread it on just about anything.

Pumpkin Seed Goat Cheese Pesto

Pumpkin Pie Cocoa

Finish off your holiday with a warm cup of hot chocolate with pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin Pie Cocoa

Black and Tan Chocolate-Pumpkin Trifle

This one-dish wonder is filled with sweet flavors to compliment the pumpkin like marshmallow, chocolate and toffee.

Black and Tan Chocolate-Pumpkin Trifle

Chipotle-Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Dip your favorite tortilla chips into this spicy pumpkin black bean soup.

Chipotle-Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Potato Pie

Have a slice of this savory pie with your turkey for a potato-pumpkin party on your plate.

Pumpkin-Potato Pie

Dream Thanksgiving Menu

Whatever your dream Thanksgiving dinner is, one of these seven ingenious menus -- featuring cool new dishes, make-ahead tips and even vegetarian recipes -- will make it come true.

thanksgiving table