Fresh Pumpkin Patties with Nutmeg Sauce

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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When I was in college and off to classes everyday I relied heavily on my mother’s recipes. I had a Greek church cookbook I would browse and find my dinner recipes from. My mother only cooked Greek food, so my collection included just that. Once, I was married I received two cookbooks all brides received and they were Betty Crocker and Good Housekeeping. And that’s how I learned to cook.

The church cookbooks were the best source of recipes for me as a student. As I traveled around to several yearly church bazaars and festivals, I collected many and my collection grew. This recipe comes from Georgia Swisher, a wonderful cook and friend of my mothers.

I’m obsessed with pumpkin everything! I love the process of taking my Halloween pumpkins and roasting them to a puree in a preparation for my Thanksgiving pies and breads. In this recipe I used a small sugar pumpkin.

Let’s begin… with gathering all your ingredients before beginning.

With a sharp knife cut pumpkin in half. Clean out seeds and strings.

Cut the pumpkin in wide 1-1/2 inch strips. Cut off ends to make squares. Grate pumpkin by hand, no worries it goes very fast.

Place everything in the bowl and stir gently. You are now ready to form the patties.

Shape into balls then flatten slightly to form a patty.


You can see the edges browning and that’s when you can flip them over.

Fry up until the insides are fully cooked. Test by taking one out to taste.

Make the sauce with yogurt or sour cream. I added nutmeg, but you can add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, or any flavors of fall.

Nothing replaces freshly ground nutmeg. Use a grater or a microplane and watch your fingers while grating into the sauce. Nutmeg is strong so a little goes a far way.

Fresh Pumpkin Patties with Nutmeg Sauce

What a great use of your pumpkins after Halloween. These patties are easy to make and can be added to your appetizer table for the holidays. Serve with a yogurt sauce or sour cream with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4


Pumpkin Patty Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly grated pumpkin (1/2 of a small pumpkin)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • additional extra virgin olive oil for frying

Yogurt Nutmeg Sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


Pumpkin Patties

  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the patties. Gently stir to combine. 

  2. With your hands, form a ball and flattened to form a patty and set aside. Continue until all the mixture is used. 

  3. In a skillet add the extra virgin olive oil and heat on medium high. 

  4. Add the patties and fry on both side until golden brown and cooked all the way through, around 6 minutes. You will know when to flip the patties when the edges have browned. 

  5. When cooked, place the patties on a plate covered with a paper towel to drain oil.

  6. Serve with the freshly grated nutmeg yogurt sauce or sour cream.

Yogurt Sauce

  1. Freshly grate the nutmeg into the bowl of Greek yogurt. Mix and serve with the pumpkin fritters. You can substituted sour cream for the yogurt.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole

Hello there! I was searching on the web for a good quality photo of a pumpkin cut in half (with seeds scooped out) for a worksheet that I am creating for preschoolers an Kindergarteners. I was wondering if it would be okay if I use your photo of the cut pumpkin for commercial purposes? Thank you for your time!

Nicole K

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

I just saw this message and I’m sure it’s too late. Thank you for asking. But yes, you do have my permission. I was a teacher to Kindergarten and First graders for 15 years, and I loved it! We cooked every Thursday in my classroom. Best years of my life.
Best in health,

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