It’s pumpkin season and they aren’t just for carving either. It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in these delicious pumpkin dishes created by Philadelphia’s Chef Macrina. He is a Food Fanatic and Division Chef for US Foods. He works in the greater Philadelphia area consulting with restaurants on menus products and recipes. He also serves as the In President of the American Culinary Federation (national association of chefs). Chef Macrina has earned much praise from the organization for his leadership.

Tom Macrina attended Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and graduated with high honors. He has over 35 years of experience in the culinary arts. His classic entrees offer a modern flair and are simple yet flavorful. During Chef Macrina’s career, he has served as national chairman of the American Academy of Chefs and has taught food and food management coursed throughout the Philadelphia area. His most recent accomplishment is being named President of the American Culinary Foundation.

Enjoy the five tasty pumpkin dishes we have listed from Chef Macrina. They are a perfect way to celebrate the Fall season. Be sure to add your favorites to your holiday menu this year. 

Chef Tom Macrina
US Foods Philadelphia
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Swedesboro, NJ 08085
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Sea Scallops With Pumpkin And Sage Butter Sauce 

Pumpkin, sage, and brown butter are unquestionably flavors of the fall, but when you add sea scallops and hearty mushrooms, it brings out great well-rounded flavors in every bite.  This dish is a great appetizer or you can serve it for an easy and elegant main course. It’s tasty and refreshing and reflects both the sea and the season.”

Check out the recipe here.

 Walnut Date Pumpkin Bread

“Some may save this recipe for fall or winter, but it’s great year-round.  Why?  Once you start eating this bread, you can’t stop. It’s not too sweet, not too savory, but the perfect combination from morning to night.  Have a few slices warmed up with butter for breakfast, enjoy it with a meal, a sumptuous snack, or a sweet dessert.”

Check out the recipe here.

Sicilian Baked Pumpkin

“This is an old family recipe that showcases fresh pumpkin in all of its glory. We used fresh pumpkins from my grandfather’s garden. It was usually served with a pork roast or sometimes served with homemade pasta. This super side dish is sweet and savory all in one bite.”

Check out the recipe here.

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 Pumpkin Fritters

“This recipe is one of my favorites. It is easier than you might think to make and will be a crowd pleaser if you don’t eat them all on your own.  These pair perfectly with ice cream, but you might choose to snack these sweet treats on their own.”

Check out the recipe here.

Lamb And Pumpkin Stew

“This is a great fall dish that is a twist on your traditional stew. There’s nothing like a good savory stew when the weather is brisk to bring a special warmth to your tummy. While it may be surprising to some, the combination of the lamb and pumpkin marry very well.”

Check out the recipe here.

Related: Ask A Philadelphia Expert: Fall Comfort Food Recipes

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