“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man”
In the South, we know a thing or two about comfort food. Mashed potatoes, turkey and dressing, and don’t forget the chicken and dumplins! There’s nothing quite like a big plate of comfort to meet you just before that Sunday nap! But do you know who else knows about comfort food? The Italians! We took their signature dish, pasta, and made it into a vegetable in the South…mac ‘n cheese!
Our favorite family times are centered around the table and food. We have been known to sit for hours long after a meal is finished to enjoy conversation. Just this past Sunday, we had a time of sharing our hearts after a wonderful meal that my sister-in-law prepared. It’s nice to sit amongst the sweetest fellowship with nothing else fighting for my time and attention!
Rome, Italy carries a sweet memory for me in the way of food and fellowship! Many years ago, I gathered with a group of friends in a very crowded restaurant…wonderful Italian food, the best conversation and no feelings of being rushed by the staff..but were even encouraged to linger! How rare is that?!
Butch and I love Italian food, coming in right behind our favorite…the wonderful food of our South! So I decided to mix the perfect taste of the autumn pumpkin into Southern cornbread and Italian ravioli. Today, let’s discover what happens when Southern meets Italian!
- 1 9 oz package refrigerated pumpkin ravioli (I use Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli...so delicious) or make your own
- 1/2 cup butter
- 6 fresh sage leaves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
- 1/3 cup shaved parmigiana reggiano
- 1/4 cup toasted and chopped pecans
- Cook ravioli according to directions. While the ravioli is cooking prepare the sauce. In a small sauté pan, melt butter over low heat. When butter begins to sizzle and brown, tear the fresh sage leaves into the pan and fry for 20-30 seconds. Remove the butter sauce from heat and grate in the nutmeg. Pour butter sauce over the ravioli and sprinkle with cheese and toasted pecans!! Buon Appetito!
Butter and honey pairs beautifully with cornbread, but the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg give it the special flavors of fall!
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking sofa
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- Spiced Honey Butter
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the first nine ingredients and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, add brown sugar and break up with fork until no lumps remain. Add in oil and pumpkin and stir to combine. Mix in sour cream, eggs, and milk until well blended. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and combine until thoroughly mixed. Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray and pour batter into tins. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 18 - 20 minutes. Makes 20 - 24 muffins. Because I think the best cornbread is baked in an iron skillet, I made a 6 inch skillet and 12 muffins. Serve with spiced honey butter.
- For the Spiced Honey Butter - melt butter and add the honey and spices. Mix well and serve with pumpkin cornbread as a pour-over sauce.
If you enjoy the taste of pumpkin, I highly recommend the two recipes. Trader Joe’s ravioli makes the recipe so quick and easy. The pumpkin cornbread is also delicious for breakfast with a steaming mug of Italian roast coffee. Yep, I said cornbread for breakfast!
Thanks, my friends, for visiting with me in the kitchen!
Buon Appetito! Supper’s ready y’all!
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