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Colonial Stewed Pumpkin Recipe (Easy)



Here's a neat dish for Thanksgiving—based on one of the first written recipes from New England, which was published in 1672.

This modern version comes from Plimoth Plantation's cookbook Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, From Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie.


  • 4 cups cooked squash or pumpkin, mashed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1–2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
  • 1–2 teaspoons of ground ginger (or any combination of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and or pepper, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Place the squash, butter, vinegar and spices in a saucepan over low heat. Stir and heat until all of the ingredients are well combined and hot. Adjust the seasonings to your liking and serve.

Serves 8.

Editor's note: To prepare your own cooked pumpkin for this, just boil the meat—without the seeds—until it’s tender.

Republished with permission from
Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, From Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie, by Kathleen Curtin, Sandra L. Oliver and Plimoth Plantation (Clarkson Potter, October 2005, $22.50).


Last updated and/or approved: November 2011. Original article appeared in fall 2005 former print magazine.


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Re: Chilled?
written by Leigh Ann , October 23, 2014

I don't know how that would taste, Tova, but you could try it and then warm it up if you don't like it. :-)
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written by Tova , October 23, 2014

Can I serve this chilled?
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You're welcome
written by Leigh Ann Hubbard , October 14, 2014

Thank you for letting us know, Tisha. Your blog is cool!
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Thanks for including this recipe
written by Tisha Dolton , October 09, 2014

I have referenced this page on my blog because my great-grandmother made stewed pumpkin & I wanted to include a recipe she may have used.
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