Savory Pumpkin Twists

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Savory Pumpkin Twists are a tasty dinner roll meant to be enjoyed year-round. Pumpkin is such an underrated versatile savory or sweet ingredient.

Pumpkin is one of my favorite ingredients to use and I don’t see why it should be limited to a few months of the year. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake, I love it all.

Savory Pumpkin Twists

Pumpkin Twists

Pumpkin to me is much more versatile than many of the sweet desserts we love. Trust me and try it with savory flavors. Butter, Italian seasoning, and a sprinkling of parmesan and mozzarella cheese make these pumpkin dinner rolls.

Now, you might be a bit skeptical and want to hoard that pumpkin for your favorite sweet treat, but let me say these are worth it.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “pumpkin belongs in a pie or in some beautiful pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.” Before you write them off, hear my thirty-second elevator pitch on why these are worth a can of pumpkin.

First, pumpkin makes everything it touches soft and moist, and this yeast dough is no exception. The pumpkin takes an ordinary dinner roll, and with the help of some herbs, cheese, and a pretty little twist, you have a tasty addition to any meal.

Second, we can’t go around eating sweets all season, so we might as well get more of this delicious ingredient by putting it in Savory Pumpkin Twists. After all, it is a vegetable!

Third, my husband declared them one of the best things I have made.  They’re absolutely worth a can of pumpkin and a little time!

Savory Pumpkin Twists

Pumpkin Twists Recipe

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large mixing bowl. Stir in honey, melted butter, salt, pumpkin, and whole wheat flour. Add all purpose flour until a soft dough forms.
  2. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 4 to 5 minutes until dough is elastic. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together the melted butter, Italian seasoning, sage, and garlic powder
  4. Punch down the dough and then roll into an 18 inch x 18 inch square. Spread the melted butter mixture onto the dough. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Fold the dough in thirds and cut crosswise into 24 strips. Twist each strip one and a half times. Lay them out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let rise for 20 minutes.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned.
Savory Pumpkin Twists

Pumpkin Recipes

It just isn’t fall until pumpkin baking happens at my house. These Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirled Brownies, the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie, and the Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Dip are evidence of that.

While fall is for pumpkin desserts, nothing beats Libby’s Pumpkin Pie and it’s easily made from scratch.

Savory Pumpkin Twists

Savory Pumpkin Twists

Savory Pumpkin Twists are a tasty dinner roll meant to be enjoyed year-round. Pumpkin is such a versatile savory or sweet ingredient.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 16 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

Dough

  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • cups all purpose flour

Filling

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese grated

Instructions

  • Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large mixing bowl. Stir in honey, melted butter, salt, pumpkin, and whole wheat flour. Add all purpose flour until a soft dough forms.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 4 to 5 minutes until dough is elastic. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together the melted butter, Italian seasoning, sage, and garlic powder
  • Punch down the dough and then roll into an 18 inch x 18 inch square. Spread the melted butter mixture onto the dough. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  • Fold the dough in thirds and cut crosswise into 24 strips. Twist each strip one and a half times. Lay them out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let rise for 20 minutes.
  • Bake at 350°F for 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned.

Notes

The recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour. Depending on how your dough comes together you may not need all of it. Add it gradually until a soft dough forms.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal · Carbohydrates: 16g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 13mg · Sodium: 174mg · Potassium: 69mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 1733IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 52mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 9/27/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/10/22}

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