So, when Farmer Barb gave us some pumpkins, I was willing to give it a go. An internet search brought up a recipe for a pumpkin stuffed with bread, cheese, and bacon. You can never go wrong with bread, cheese or bacon. As usual, I was missing several ingredients, but had the big three, so I figured I could improvise the rest.
The prep work didn't take too long once I scooped out the pumpkin guts. Then the pumpkin sat in the oven for two hours while I mostly ignored it. The results were delicious, the perfect blend of flavors. I'm keeping this recipe in my fall collection.
Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good
(as I made it)
- 4 pumpkins (the largest was cantaloupe sized, the smallest was softball sized) cleaned out and liberally sprinkled inside with salt & pepper. Place on a shallow baking dish sprayed with PAM. Reserve the pumpkin lids.
Mix in a bowl:
- 1/2 box of Stove top stuffing, dry (why I have 1/2 box left over is beyond me.)
- 2-3 dry pieces of bread
- 2/3 of a lb of pre-cooked bacon that I had hid deep in the freezer so the kids wouldn't eat it.
- 1/3 lb Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated.
- 1/3 lb Swiss cheese, mold removed & discarded, the remainder grated.
- 2 tsp chives, freshly cut from my sad looking chive plant in the window
- 1 heaping Tbsp diced garlic (from a refrigerated bottle. If you don't use the refrigerated stuff, you are really missing out.)
- 1 can condensed milk
- 1/4 cup leftover heavy cream that is going to expire tomorrow
- a generous sprinkling of nutmeg
Pop the pumpkin lids back on the pumpkin houses, then bake for 90 minutes at 350. When the stove alarm goes off, but before the fire alarm goes off, check doneness by poking the pumpkins with a fork. When the pumpkin is soft, it's time to eat. It took closer to two hours to finish cooking. But, I started checking at 90 minutes. I also took the top off so the stuffing could brown up a little and any excess moisture could steam off. Next time, I think I'll top it with a bit of swiss cheese at the end. It took longer for the larger pumpkins to finish. I just pulled the smaller ones out a bit earlier.
You can, of course, serve this at a fancy meal, giving each person one beautiful pumpkin on a plate. Or, you can serve slices. The stuffing firms up nicely and the combination is pretty. But, I found it easiest to just scrape the inside of the pumpkin and serve the mess together in a bowl.
This recipe has lots of variation. You can find the original with ideas at Sweet Or Savory: Stuff, Bake And Devour A Pumpkin
You can find the book(s) at B'ham library The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency or at Amazon through the link below.