Concord Grape Jack O’Lantern Punch

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Makes 1 big pumpkin’s worth of punch

Ingredients

2 cups turbinado or raw sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh concord grapes, smashed
3 cardamom pods, crushed
2 cinnamon sticks, cracked
2 teaspoons nutmeg, freshly grated
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced thin
Large Jack O Lantern, seeds removed and cleaned but not carved ( just top)
1 -2 liter seltzer water
Concord Grapes for Garnish
*Concord Grape Balsamic Syrup and Vodka for the adult version

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water, grapes, and spiced and stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10 -15 minutes. Take off of heat and allow to cool. Push the liquid through a fine sieve strainer until all liquid moves through. Pour the liquid in the cleaned out pumpkin filled with ice and fill with seltzer water.  Garnish with fresh concord grapes.


*Concord Balsamic Vinegar- In a medium sauce pan, combine  ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, 1 -2 handfuls of sage leaves, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, ½ cup concord grapes, 1 tablespoon black peppercorns (crushed coarsely) and 1 cup balsamic vinegar.  Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to boil gently for about 10 minutes. The mixture should reduce by about one fourth.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain and chill.

DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN TRUFFLES WITH SPICED PUMPKIN SEEDS

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Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon ground spiced pumpkin seeds
¼ cup pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nut meg
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet  dark chocolate, chopped
cocoa powder mixed with a little pumpkin pie spice, for dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, spices  and pumpkin puree to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in refrigerator overnight. Roll in cocoa powder/pumkin pie spice mixture..

*Spiced Pumpkin Seeds : mix 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds with ¼ cup melted butter,  ¼ cup turbinado sugar and 1 teaspoon of the following spices: black pepper,, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice.  Bake in a 400° oven for about 15-20 minutes or until browned and crisp.  Allow to cool before grinding.  Grind seeds as needed into a course grind like black pepper.


PUMPKIN CANNELLONI WITH CARAMELIZED PUMPKIN SPICED ONIONS AND CONCORD GRAPE SAUCE

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups pumpkin, prebaked, peeled and  pureed
½ cup parmesan cheese
12  premade  fresh pasta sheets
Melted butter
Pumpkin Spiced Caramelized  Onions (Recipe Follows)
Concord Grape Sauce (Recipe Follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake the concord grapes according to the recipe below.

Use 1 tablespoon of butter and grease a casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, combine the onions and garlic with the  sage, hazelnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon , pumpkin and parmesan and mix together well until all ingredients are  fully incorporated and smooth. Take each pasta sheet and spoon on the filling down the middle of the sheet in a tube shape.  Roll up the sheet and place it seem side down in the casserole dish.  Repeat with remaining pasta sheets until all are snuggly together in the baking dish.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle a little cheese on the top.  Bake for about 20 minutes.  In the meantime prepare the caramelized onion and finish the concord grape sauce according to the recipes.  Once the cannelloni has baked for 20 minutes take it out of the oven and lay the caramelized onions over the top.  Spoon the concord grapes sauce over the tops of each of the cannelloni and place in the oven to bake for 10-12 more minutes or until the pasta sheets begin to brown.  Serve.

Caramelized Pumpkin Spiced Onions
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh sage, leaves chopped
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Directions

In a large skillet over medium  to low heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Cook onions sage and spiced slowly until onions are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes.

Concord Grape Sauce
Makes 1 cup


Ingredients

2 cups concord grapes, destemmed but left whole
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped red shallot
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup honey

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400 ° F. In a bowl toss together the grapes, garlic, shallot, and thyme leaves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with the olive oil and honey until all the grapes are well coated. Place the mixture in a glass baking dish and place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the grapes just begin to caramelize. Push the baked mixture through a mesh strainer using the back of a spoon to push through everything you can. The mixture should be thick and jammy.

PUMPKIN ICE CREAM WITH MAPLE & SAGE GLAZED PECAN NIBBLES

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Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt4 egg yolks, whisked
1 cup pumpkin puree
Maple & Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk heavy, cream, sugar, and spices and bring to just about a boil. Reduce heat to a medium simmer, so that milk is just bubbling but not boiling. Pour a little of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whisk gently.  Repeat this step.   Whisk in egg yolk mixture to the milk, making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat and add a pinch of salt. Mix in the pumpkin puree and gently mix until well combined and smooth. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

During the last 20 minutes of the ice cream formation, add about ½ to 1 cup of the Maple & Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles and allow to finish freezing.

Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups raw pecans
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F.  Toss all of the items together in a large bowl until the pecans have absorbed all the butter and the mixture is well combined.  Place on a baking sheet, evenly distributed and bake for about 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  Let cool completely before using.


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