A Panini Press Thanksgiving…Grilled Pumpkin Pie

by on November 15, 2011

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{I’m making an entire Thanksgiving feast on the panini maker! Here’s Part 4 of the series: Grilled Pumpkin Pie.}

You knew I’d figure out some way to conclude my Panini Press Thanksgiving with a traditional dessert. For me, it’s not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. I experimented with grilling an actual mini pie on the panini press – it can be done, in ramekins – but it just wasn’t quite worthy of a Thanksgiving table, in my opinion. This pie I’m sharing today is.

Right from first glance you can tell that this pie was not actually grilled on a panini press. But the pumpkin within the pie was. Rather than roast a pie pumpkin in the oven or, easier yet, open a can of pumpkin purée I sliced up a pie pumpkin and grilled the slices on the panini press to make the purée. It took about an hour to grill all the slices in batches, about 30 minutes less than the time it takes to roast a pumpkin. But beyond the time savings, I loved being able to use the panini press as a prep tool in this way.

Once I grilled the pumpkin, the rest of the pie came together in the traditional way – in fact I based the rest of the filling off of the classic Libby’s recipe so you know it tasted great. So there you have it: Grilled Pumpkin Pie to finish off our Panini Press Thanksgiving meal. I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas…and I wish you and your family all the best for a delicious holiday!

Grilled Pumpkin
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara November 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

Very cool! Love the look of that grilled pumpkin…bet the pie is delicious!
sara´s last blog post ..Lemon Bliss Bundt Cake


2 Angela Chee November 16, 2011 at 12:22 am

You are so inventive! Love all the Thanksgiving recipes. You’ve already had a beautiful feast before the big day! What are you bringing to the family feast? 🙂


3 Kathy November 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

Ha ha – a caramel layer cake! Decidedly not very Thanksgiving but I’ve been aching to make this cake. 🙂


4 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) November 16, 2011 at 5:27 am

Yes, we were all waiting to see how you managed dessert! Very clever. I’ve loved this series. It’s opened my eyes to how versatile my new panini press can be.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog post ..Recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip biscotti


5 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

seriously looks good! Great idea
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.´s last blog post ..Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts


6 Curt November 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

Very cool. I need to learn more about this. How did I miss regularly visiting this site?

Life is just too busy sometimes to stop and smell the panini!
Curt´s last blog post ..Four Bean Salsa & Sausage Soup


7 Jeanette November 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

Kathy, you are so clever, I would never think to grill pumpkin on a panini press – great way to save time heating up the oven.
Jeanette´s last blog post ..Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing Muffins Recipe


8 Lori @ RecipeGirl November 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

You’re so freakin’ genius 🙂
Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog post ..Pumpkin- Eggnog Martini


9 Lauren November 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

You just keep thinking up these amazing ideas! So smart!
Lauren´s last blog post ..Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Streusel


10 Maria November 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

Genius recipe!


11 Teanna November 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

Brilliant! I am obsessed with my panini press and I’m always trying to think of ways to use it 🙂 Here’s one I never thought of! LOVE IT!


12 TidyMom November 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

so cool! I love this!!
thanks for linking up!
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13 The Duo Dishes November 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

Leave it to you to come up with as many ways to work out that panini press as possible. Keep folks on their toes!
The Duo Dishes´s last blog post ..A Whoops Becomes a Win


14 Nutmeg Nanny November 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Ahhh I can’t believe you did this on the panini press….ultra talented!

Plus it looks amazing…yum!
Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog post ..Cranberry Apple Chutney


15 Rochelle February 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

The pumpkin pie looks so good i crave for it right now thank you for sharing the recipe
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