Pumpkin Grits + Pumpkin Home Fries + a Fried Egg

Pumpkin Grits + Pumpkin Home Fries + a Fried Egg

Hey! It’s that time of year again! #virtualpumpkinparty time! Last year was a full on pumpkin explosion and this year is going to be even bigger! 100+ bloggers are coming together today to share amazing recipes made with fall’s favorite fruit! Pretty much all the pumpkin dishes you could imagine are here – everything from Smoky Pumpkin & Black Sesame Hummus to Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge to Roasted Pumpkin with Dukkah + Tahini Yogurt and so much more! Make sure to check-out the entire list of recipes at the bottom of this post! And follow along on social media with #virtualpumpkinparty.

This little pumpkin dish I’m going to share with you guys today sums up all the things I have been craving in one bowl. Cheesy grits with pumpkin puree mixed in for an autumnal and nutritional boost – so good! Potatoes, sweet potatoes and a cute little sugar pumpkin get roasted with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and cayenne pepper – I must’ve eaten half the pan before taking pics, talk about addicting! And then yes, put an egg on all that! Eat it for breakfast or lunch and even dinner for that matter, I know I’ll be making it at least once a week during this fall season!

Happy pumpkin party day my friends! AND a big thanks to Sara for hosting this amazing celebration! Oh and I’ll be taking the next two weekends off from blogging to prep and host the baby shower! But I’ll be back with a full report on how it all went down, what we ate and hopefully some pictures too!

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Ingredients for the Pumpkin Home Fries

1 small sugar pumpkin

1 large sweet potato

a few baby dutch potatoes, or similar yellow potato

1/2 red onion

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

a good sprinkling of salt and pepper

a couple tablespoons of olive oil



Cube all the veggies into 1/2 pieces. Finely chop the onion. Place everything on baking sheet and coat with oil and spices. Bake in preheated oven at 400F for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. While the veggies roast, cook the grits.




Ingredients for the Pumpkin Grits 

1 cup of stone ground grits

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups water



Bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Gradually stir in the grits, let the water return to a boil, then turn heat all the way down and cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the pumpkin, milk and cheese and stir frequently for another 5 to 10 minutes.


Top with a fried egg and thyme for garnish.



So many pumpkin recipes, you guys! Check them out!

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Twigg Studios • Sausage Stuffing Baked in a Pumpkin

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Cloudy Kitchen • Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla German Buttercream

Vegetarian Ventures • Smoky Pumpkin & Black Sesame Hummus

Eat Boutique • Pumpkin Scallion Dumplings

A Little Saffron • Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Maple Caramel Baked French Toast

Wallflower Kitchen • Mini Pumpkin & Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Wit & Vinegar • Pumpkin Butterscotch Banana Split

Style Sweet CA • Pumpkin Creme Brulee Cake

Nommable • Pumpkin Biscuits with Mushroom Thyme Gravy

With Food + Love • Cinnamon Raisin Pumpkin Seed Bread

Hortus • Creamy Roasted Squash Soup + Pumpkin Risotto

Sevengrams • Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Jojotastic • 1 Pumpkin, 2 Ways: Pumpkin Trail Mix & Dog Treats

Grain Changer • Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Cranberry Flax Crisps

Earthy Feast • Pumpkin Grits + Pumpkin Home Fries + a Fried Egg

Harvest and Honey • Truffled Pumpkin Papardelle Alfredo with Frizzled Sage

Tasty Seasons • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Broma Bakery • Pumpkin Butter Pop Tarts

Tending the Table • Roasted Pumpkin and Barley Salad

The Sugar Hit • Super Soft Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Delicious Not Gorgeous • Waffles with Spiced Pumpkin Butter and Brown Sugar Walnut Crumble

Taste Love and Nourish • Pumpkin Bread Pudding

The Green Life • Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk & Hazelnut Skillet Cookie (Vegan)

Foolproof Living • Pumpkin Creme Fraiche Pasta with Sage

The Monday Box • Pumpkin Mini Bundt Cakes

Design Crush • Pumpkin Bourbon Hot Toddy

The Road to Honey • Pumpkin Pie & Chocolate Layer Cake

My Name is Yeh • Roasted Pumpkin with Yogurt and Hazelnut Dukkah

Give Recipe • Orange Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Heartbeet Kitchen • Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Beard and Bonnet • Marbled Pumpkin Muffins

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Snixy Kitchen • Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding with Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Ruby Josephine • Moroccan Sweet Pumpkin + Beef Tagine

Lab Noon • Pasta Bake with Roasted Pumpkin and Saffron Sauce, Pistachio and Goat Cheese

An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding

Hey Modest Marce • Mascarpone Pumpkin Pie

Inspired By the Seasons • Pumpkin Applesauce Smoothie

CaliGirl Cooking • Pumpkin Praline Cinnamon Rolls with Spiked Cream Cheese Glaze

Sally’s Baking Addiction • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Well and Full • Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus

Appeasing a Food Geek • Cheese Fondue Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin

SweetPhi • Pumpkin Chili Biscuit Bake

Warm Vanilla Sugar • Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts

Mademoiselle Poirot • Cinnamon-Pumpkin Mousse on Honey Panna Cotta topped with Hazelnut Brittle

Heart of a Baker • Pumpkin Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Flourishing Foodie • Massaman Curry with Pumpkin and Chickpeas

Ginger & Toasted Sesame • Pumpkin Jeon

Lindsay Jang • Best Ever DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte

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Will Frolic for Food • Pumpkin Kale Patties with Coconut Cilantro Rice

A Couple Cooks • Pumpkin Pecan Baked Steel Cut Oats

Vermilion Red • Pumpkin Pie Souffle

B. Britnell • Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Displaced Housewife • Brown Butter Pumpkin Donuts

Sweet Gula • Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

La Pêche Fraîche • Pumpkin and Condensed Milk Cakes

Kitchen Konfidence • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Rosemary Brown Butter Sauce

Loves Food, Loves to Eat • Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Kale & Caramel • Goat Cheese & Sage-Stuffed Pumpkin Challah

Okie Dokie Artichokie • Pumpkin Chorizo Chili with Sweet Potatoes + Pinto Beans

Salted Plains • Easy Pumpkin Bread

Liliahna • Chicken Legs with Pumpkin and Tortellini

TermiNatetor Kitchen • Whole Wheat, Pumpkin & Brown Sugar Brioche

Vermilion Roots • Sweet Rice Dumplings with Pumpkin

Celebrate Creativity • Pumpkin Mini Cheesecake Tarts

Serendipity Bakes • Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake

So Much Yum • Vegan Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

The Brick Kitchen • Pumpkin, Pecan & White Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Lisli • Pumpkin Pie Cake

Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt • Pumpkin Pie Dip

Fig+Bleu • Pumpkin Granola

The Speckled Palate • Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies

Cook Til Delicious • Fall Cliche Cake (Pumpkin Spice Cake / Maple Cream Cheese Frosting / Apple Cider Caramel Sauce)

Floating Kitchen • Chicken and Pumpkin Chili

The Wood and Spoon • Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

Fork Vs Spoon • Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Lemon & Vanilla • Pumpkin and Coconut Caramel Flan

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Chicano Eats • Pumpkin Butter Pan de Muerto

On the Plate • Pumpkin Pancakes, Salted Caramel & Pecans

Rough Measures • Cosy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Caffeine and Dairy Free)

Brewing Happiness • Pumpkin Ginger Breakfast Cookies

A Butterful Mind • Pumpkin Cheesecake with Vanilla Whipped Cream

The Little Loaf • Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Fork to Belly • Pumpkin Gnocchi

The Little Epicurean • Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

Bourbon and Honey • Spicy Roasted Pumpkin with Honey and Feta

What to Cook Today • Spicy Pumpkin Noodle Soup

Food by Mars • Pumpkin Pie (Grain-Free, Diary-Free)

The Bojon Gourmet • Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding

Oh Honey Bakes • Pumpkin Cake with Gingersnap Toffee

Long Distance Baking • Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

The Jam Lab • Pumpkin Madeleines Dipped in White Chocolate

The Lemon Apron • Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf with an Olive Oil Glaze

Sun Diego Eats • Thai Pumpkin & Sticky Rice Cakes

A Cozy Kitchen • Pumpkin Chai Scones with Black Tea Glaze

A Cookie Named Desire • Pumpkin Shrubs

Eating Clean Recipes • Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Kingfield Kitchen • Vegan Fresh Pumpkin Soup

Drink and Cocktail Recipes • Pumpkin Dirty Chai

The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Sage Cannelloni (Dairy-Free)

My Lavender Blues • Pumpkin, Banana & Olive Oil Bundt Cake

Betty Liu • Pumpkin + Pear Butter Baked Melty Cheese

Happy Hearted Kitchen • Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin with Tahini Yogurt + Hazelnut Dukkah

InHappenstance • Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter

Live Eat Learn • Pumpkin Gingerbread Hot Cocoa


Kale with Quick-Pickle Apple, Gruyère Crisps, + Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette

Kale with Quick-Pickle Apple, Gruyère Crisps, + Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette

I don’t really follow celebrity chefs, maybe because I find myself relating to other food bloggers much more easily. Then I came across Naomi Pomeroy’s new book Taste and Technique. I wasn’t familiar with Naomi before I got this book but a quick google search on her got me feeling super inspired. With no formal culinary training she has received multiple awards for her numerous restaurants. This TED talk she gave was so refreshing, it’s just a quick listen – perfect for folding the laundry or unloading the dishwasher. I own a bunch of cookbooks but not one has this level of professionalism in both recipe type and technique. But don’t let that overwhelm you, Naomi is an amazing teacher and her real-life approach makes tackling these recipes a delightful challenge. I chose a rather simple dish to try first, but hey, simple is good! And this kale salad is quite possibly the best! With quick pickled apples and a zesty crème fraîche dressing, oh and these little cheese crips, I’m pretty sure you’ll make this salad at least a few times this fall!

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Ingredients for the Gruyère Crisps
7 ounces cave-aged Gruyère cheese


Directions for the Cheese Crisps

Preheat oven to 325F Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat. Using a microplane grater, grate the cheese onto the mat as evenly as possible. Bake until cheese is melted and is a light golden straw color, 20 to 25 minutes. The sense won’t be crispy until it has fully cooled. Once the cheese has cooled completely, use your hands to break it into 3 to 4 inch pieces. The crisps can be made up to 5 hours ahead, set aside and uncovered.


Ingredients for the Quick-Pickled Apple
2 teaspoons finely minced shallot
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tart, crisp apple


Directions for the Quick-Pickle

Place the shallot into a mixing bowl, cover with vinegar and add the salt and set aside for 5 minutes. Quarter the apple and slice into 1/8 inch thick pieces. Toss to coat the apples with the dressing and let sit for about 30 minutes.


Ingredients for the Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons finely minced shallot
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons Crème fraîche
2 teaspoons strong dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil


Directions for the Dressing

Mince the shallot and cover with vinegar while you get the other ingredients ready. Add everything into the same bowl and mix, lastly add the olive oil and whisk to emulsify.


Ingredients for the Kale Salad
1 to 1 and 1/2 bunches kale, washed and dried
1/4 teaspoon flaky salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Directions for the Kale Salad

Wash and dry the kale. I like to give the leaves a little extra squeeze with the towel when drying to make the leaves more tender. Tear or cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Add the kale to a large bowl, toss with about two-thirds of the vinaigrette, add the apples and the cheese crisps and some fresh ground pepper. Salt to taste. Notes



I received a copy of this book, Taste & Technique, Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking,  in exchange for an honest review.