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Ask A South Florida Chef: 5 Tasty Pumpkin Dishes

Pumpkin seems to abound in everything during the fall season. For those looking to try their hand at some pumpkin recipes this fall, these three top chefs in South Florida provided some great recipes and tips.
Dustin Ward
BLT Prime Miami
4400 N.W. 87th Ave.
Doral, FL 33178
305) 591-6606

Chef de Cuisine, Dustin Ward of BLT Prime Miami knew at a very early age he'd be a chef as he began cooking for his family at the young age of six years old. He even enrolled in his first cooking class at ten years old. Located at Trump National Doral Hotel, BLT Prime Miami not only offers some of the best food in the city, but also has beautiful panoramic views of the resort's golf courses. While known for it's steaks, the restaurant also offers a variety of seafood and seasonal blackboard specials.

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Pumpkin Ravioli

Ward expressed that he absolutely loves cooking with pumpkin. He shares this simple yet scrumptious pumpkin ravioli recipe. Pumpkin ravioli is a favorite among local chefs and each one has their own twist on this unique and seasonal dish. Click here to download this recipe to make at home.

Pumpkin Gnocchi With Spinach

"Pumpkin is just so representative of the season," Ward states, which is why he also shared a second wonderful recipe: pumpkin gnocchi with squash. This entree is healthy and delicious, making it the perfect addition to any fall dinner. To download this recipe click here.

BLT Prime Fall Blackboard

BLT Prime Miami is debuting a special blackboard series to ring in fall this year. Starting on Thursday, October 1, the restaurant will have a special menu that they've even titled "Walking Through A Pumpkin Patch", which includes everything from roasted acorn squash to guinea hen and even pumpkin cake. Ward loves fall and wanted the area to be able to have this unique menu for the season. He states, "My favorite thing about fall recipes are the spices and the rich heavy flavors that come into play during this season. Click here to view the complete menu and more details on it's creation.

Related: Top Pumpkin Dishes In South Florida

Angelina Bastidas
320 San Lorenzo, Suite 1315
Coral Gables, FL 33146
305) 448-2423

Angelina Bastidas is the chef at the Spanish inspired restaurant, Piripi. Many might wonder with such a unique name what it means, and in Spain it means that sensation between reality and dreams. Bastidas loves fall and all that it means for the dishes she will be making at the restaurant. She states, "There's something about fall that gets me going each year, especially the ingredients I can work with. Fall introduces flavors such as sunchoke, figs, parsley root, pumpkin, quail. There is so much we can create with these ingredients."

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup is the perfect fall time recipe. Click here to download this amazing recipe. For those looking for an entree to pair it with, Bastidas says to not overlook the game meat squab, or as she refers to it "duck's second cousin." She elaborates more on cooking this meat: "Be careful cooking squab to not overcook it. While it is such a small bird, the red meat is full of flavor!"

Jason Pringle
db Bistro Moderne (located inside the JW Marriott Marquis Miami)
255 Biscayne Bay Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
305) 421-8800

While originally from San Francisco, Executive Chef Jason Pringle now calls South Florida home and brings his over 13 years of experience to db Bistro Moderne, which is located inside the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. A modern French-American Bistro, db Bistro Moderne provides a large variety of dishes that fit in well with it's casual and easy-going dining experience. Don't miss happy hour daily at their bar and lounge from 5 to 8 p.m. Pringle shares that fall is one of his absolute favorite seasons for food as, "the earthy flavors are always comforting to the soul."

Pumpkin Ravioli For Home

Pringle states, "One of my favorite things about pumpkin is that it is extremely versatile. It can be roasted, pickled, put into salsas, pasta or just about anything savory or sweet." He shares his pumpkin ravioli that is perfect for making at home for the family. It also includes other wonderful fall ingredients, like roasted chestnuts, butternut squash and cinnamon. It would also be a great dish to show off culinary skills when company comes over. To download this delicious recipe click here.

Related: South Florida's Best "Pumpkin Patches"

Suzy Fielders is a working mom of a spirited 8 year old daughter. She has an MA in Communication Studies and BA in Psychology and Communications. She works in marketing/public relations, is a freelance writer and is very involved in the Winston-Salem community and arts & films scene.
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