Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle




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Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle with two spoons

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle ~ if you put nothing down on the dinner table but this light and fluffy, sweet and crunchy casserole I wouldn’t feel slighted in the least.  As long as you let me have seconds :)

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle in a gratin dish with spoons

This Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle is fluffy, sweet, crunchy, earthy, and utterly irresistible.  I guarantee it will be a huge hit at the holidays. but honestly I love it so much that I make it for special dinners throughout the fall.  Why would we want to save something this good for only one or two nights a year?  That’s insane.

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle with large serving spoon

One of the things that makes this side dish so incredible is that it starts from a whole pumpkin.  The whole darned thing goes into the oven for an hour and comes out soft and ready to be pureed into the fluffy base for this souffle.  Could you use canned pumpkin?  Probably, but you’d miss out on some great flavor, and the drama of roasting a whole pumpkin.

For an alternative, try doing this with butternut squash, or sweet potatoes, either the orange or the yellow variety: Butter Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole.

A whole pumpkin ready to be roasted for Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle

The easiest (and healthiest) way to cook any winter squash ~

  • Preheat your oven to 375F
  • Place the whole squash on a baking sheet
  • Pierce the squash in several place with the point of a paring knife
  • Roast for about an hour or until tender: until the the paring knife slides into the flesh easily.  Small squash might take less time, larger squash will take longer.
  • Let it cool slightly, then slice the squash open into wedges and scoop out the seeds. (Save them to roast ~ here’s how.)
  • Peel off the skin (it comes off easily) or scoop out the flesh with a large spoon, and the squash is ready to use.

So I know it looks a little scary when you’ve got the whole pumpkin splayed out on the baking sheet like this, but trust me, the seeds etc scoop out super easily and you’re left with perfectly cooked flesh, it’s pure gold.  This process is SO much easier than trying to peel, chop, and boil a rock-hard winter squash.  PLUS it’s much healthier: all the nutrients stay in!

A cooked pumpkin, sliced open

To assemble this butter pecan pumpkin souffle I begin by pureeing the pumpkin with some brown sugar, buttermilk, eggs, and my secret ingredient (freshly grated nutmeg, what else?)  Then the fun, i.e. the butter pecan topping, begins…

Topping my Pumpkin Souffle with a crumbly butter pecan topping ~ yum!

I admit that once you top the pumpkin casserole with the decadent butter pecan crumble it does veer into the dessert lane.  That’s ok, the holidays are only here once a year, so go for it.  And if you want to healthify it, just halve the volume of crumble.

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle with two spoons

I’m crazy about this side dish, guys, I hope you try it this year.  I have a feeling that if you do, it will become part of your holiday routine going forward, it’s that good.

tvfgi recommends: a classic oval gratin dish

I love the graceful shape of oval baking dishes, I use them for fruit crumbles, gratins, stuffed peppers, and side dishes of all kinds, like my Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle.  Choose ceramic or enameled cast iron in a million colors, I wish I could have one in every shade.  (Click on the photo above for details.)

Don’t stress too much about the size, I go for anything between 8×10 and 9×15.

 

What else is on my holiday menus this year ~

Fragrant Toasted Almond Pilaf

Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf ~ a vegan, gluten free, Whole 30 and Paleo side dish for all your spring gatherings...

 

French Potato and Onion Gratin

French Potato and Onion Gratin

 

Pink Applesauce

Gorgeous Pink Applesauce made with no sugar, in 20 minutes! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Category: side dish

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 8

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle

This Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle is a decadently delicious side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds cooked pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (or half and half)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, more if you love it
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • topping
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (don't pack it down)
  • 5 Tbsp melted butter

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Put the pumpkin in the bowl of a food processor and add the eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, and melted butter. Pulse about 25 times, and then run the machine for an additional few seconds to completely puree the mixture. A little texture is ok, don't over-process. Season with the nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  3. Turn the pumpkin puree into a gratin dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Blend the topping ingredients together in a bowl, tossing with a fork or your fingers until crumbly. Make sure to break up any clumps of brown sugar. Crumble the mixture evenly over the souffle.
  5. Bake for about 40-45 minutes. If the topping browns too quickly, cover it loosely with foil.

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    DJ Kelley
    November 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    This sounds yummy but I’m not sure what makes it a soufflé since there isn’t any egg whites. Is the pumpkin mixture airy and fluffy or smooth and creamy. My favorite food of all time is pecans, I eat them in snacks, desserts, savory dishes or by the handful. With that said, does the weight of the buttered pecans keep the soufflé from rising?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 18, 2018 at 4:27 am

      This isn’t a souffle in the classic sense, DJ, you’re right, it doesn’t contain whipped egg whites and it doesn’t puff up. The texture is more smooth and creamy.

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      DJ Kelley
      November 21, 2018 at 4:01 am

      Thanks for the clarification. I’m roasting my pumpkin now (it smells amazing) in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Thanks for this new addition to our table.

      • Reply
        Sue
        November 21, 2018 at 4:31 am

        Have a wonderful holiday and I hope everyone loves the dish. There’s nothing like roasting pumpkin, is there? I can smell it now :)

  • Reply
    Meera
    November 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I made the butter pecan souffle tonight and loved it, really enjoyed making and eating. Couldn’t find buttermilk so used cream. It worked for me.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 1, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      I’m so glad you liked this Meera, I could seriously eat it for dessert!

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    angiesrecipes
    October 18, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I am dying to try that topping! This looks right up my street!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 20, 2018 at 8:47 am

      The topping is EVERYTHING Angie ;)

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 18, 2018 at 9:38 am

    We might have to fight over the second helpings of this fabulous pumpkin souffle!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

      I’ve got my fork drawn!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    October 18, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Wow I love this spin you’ve put on this beautiful side dish – and yes I would be happy just to eat this too! Holiday cooking at it’s best :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 18, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Tricia, I really love this dish., The pumpkin, which isn’t naturally sweet, is the perfect base for that topping ;)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 18, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Such a lovely veggie side dish, but I would be perfectly happy to call this dinner, too :) Would make a great addition to the holiday table.

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