Pumpkin Picks in Springfield

Eat the season’s favorite gourd in some new and creative ways. These local pumpkin-inspired dishes go far beyond your typical pumpkin spice latte.

By Jo Everhart

Oct 2021

Crispy pumpkin
Photo by Leah StiefermannCrispy pumpkin from Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine is the perfect way to enjoy the flavors of fall Purchase Photo

Crispy Pumpkin from Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine 

1369 E. Sunshine St, Springfield, 417-766-6630 

Each little fried pumpkin melts in your mouth, which makes you instantly wish for another. Corner 21 fries bite-sized bits of pumpkin in cornstarch to make them extra-crispy and serves them with egg sauce stir fried with carrots and green beans.

Pumpkin Curry from Thai Express 

948 S. Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-865-0101

A red curry base and coconut milk makes for a bowl full of warmth and coziness. Served with green beans, carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, baby corn, broccoli and your choice of meat, this dish is packed with as much nutrition as it is spice. 

Pumpkin Ravioli from Nicola’s Ristorante

3631 E. Sunshine St, Springfield, 417-886-3700

Each fall Nicola’s Ristorante blesses Springfield, Missouri with handmade ravioli stuffed with silky pumpkin served in a garlic cream sauce. Finish with a slice of pumpkin gooey butter cake.

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