Native Corn and Pumpkin Stew

The Thanksgiving season brings the generosity of the Native American people to mind since without their help, the early colonists would not have survived. And so it becomes a mark of true gratitude and respect to make a dish for our families that includes two ingredients prized by the indigenous people of this continent: corn, and that favorite seasonal squash, pumpkin.

Fragrant onions and herbs, along with the sweetness of the corn and tender pumpkin, make this a satisfying and delicious autumn meal. It would also be a fitting starter for your Thanksgiving feast. Here is the simple recipe:

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks, or 3 cups canned pumpkin puree
3 cups corn kernels
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
8 cups broth or water
Dried or fresh sage leaves, to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste

1. In a large soup pot, saute onion and garlic in the butter or olive oil, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer mixture, covered, for 20 minutes, or until pumpkin and potato are tender.

3. Using a potato-masher, gently mash the pumpkin and potato and stir thoroughly to combine. Taste for seasoning and add salt or pepper if needed. Serve hot.

Serves 6 to 8.

MORE THANKSGIVING IDEAS
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Curried Pumpkin Soup
Pumpking Pie with Pecan Crust
Thanksgiving Decorating with Nature
Spicy Sweet Potato Patties

By Cait Johnson, Author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).

11 comments

Kay M.
Kay M.3 years ago

yum - thanks for all these recipes.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Can I replace sweet potatoes with ordinary potatoes?

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

yum

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Melissah Chadwick
Past Member 3 years ago

thanks

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yummy! Thanks!

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Susanne Dawn P.

TY Annie. Actually I thought I already posted on this recipe. ANYWAY, I made it last month and it was FANTASTIC. I can't wait to make it again. YOU ARE MY FAVORITE RECIPE Ms. Annie!

Mervi R.
Mervi R.6 years ago

Nice, thanks!