The results are in! And after deep deliberation, the winner of the Bodega Challenge was Sarah Gentile’s “Pumpkin Gobble Gobble”, which was made from ingredients purchased for $14.57 at Buckley’s Self Service Market on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint.  Thanks so much to the judges, Camille Becerra of Paloma and Top Chef, Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch, and Harry Rosenblum of the Brooklyn Kitchen, for tasting all 10 entrants.

Sarah’s dish was visually striking as well as being flavorful and distinctive. She used fresh apples (produce!) as well as pistachios, walnuts, and marshmallows to create a turkey on top of the casserole made with pumpkin, marshmallows and coconut milk.  A photo of the winning dish, plus the recipe, after the jump…

Sarah Gentile’s Pumpkin Gobble Gobble

$14.57 (by my calculations, although the Daily News says $15.18)

1 & 1/2 cans pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 can coconut milk
1 bag marshmallows
1 can cranberry sauce
1 can candied yams in heavy syrup
1 small package pistachios
1 small package walnuts
1 apple
1 lemon or lemon juice


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, melt 3/4 of the marshmallows in a small amount of water, stirring continuously on low heat. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin and coconut milk. Pour melted marshmallow in the bottom of a Pyrex serving dish and add pumpkin mixture. Combine ingredients with a spoon. Tap the bottom of the dish to help mixture settle and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven. Decorate the top of the pumpkin mixture once the dish has cooled somewhat. To decorate with a turkey, place the cranberry sauce along the top to make the bird’s body. Then, cut the apple into two fan shapes for the tail feathers. Coat apple slices with lemon to prevent browning. Cut a candied yam lengthwise for the bird’s legs and cut a triangle of yam for the beak. Crush walnuts and place on top to create the bird’s body. Use a shelled pistachio for the bird’s eye. Use the remaining ingredients to fill out the picture (sliced marshmallows works very well for this). Place the mixture into the oven for 10 more minutes or until the marshmallows have browned. Serve warm.