As you’ve come to expect, here is OMG! Yummy’s Saturday edition of French Fridays with Dorie. What a gem this recipe is – especially for Halloween weekend and Thanksgiving just peeking around the corner. A Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook Around My French Table is a home run of a recipe. As usual, Dorie’s story-telling and cooking instructions are fascinating and exact.
And what a show-stopper this could be for a fall dinner party or your Thanksgiving table. Her basic stuffing recipe includes cheese, stale bread cubes, fresh thyme and chives, bacon, and heavy cream seasoned with nutmeg. I used a combination of cheddar and Guyere cheese, and subbed pancetta for the bacon. But she suggests a multitude of variations in her side notes such as using sausage or nuts or dried fruits. My plan is to stuff one or two pumpkins with Thanksgiving stuffing — the flavor will be outstanding and oh how festive it will look on the buffet.
The method is simple – you carve a top just as you would for carving a pumpkin. Then you clean out the strings and seeds – this is the only time-consuming part of the process. Save the seeds to toast with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder – a great snack.
For the stuffing, you mix together the bread cubes, cheese, crisp bacon or pancetta, thyme, chives, and garlic. Put the stuffing in the pumpkin, then pour nutmeg-spiced cream over it, put the pumpkin top on, and place in the oven to bake for about 2 hours.
For a vegetarian version, just leave out the bacon – possibly adding in pecans instead. The result was satisfying for a main course or would have been (and will be) excellent alongside a poultry dish.
To read more experiences with this recipe, check out the French Fridays with Dorie web site and buy Dorie Greenspan’s award-winning cookbook Around My French Table. You will cherish the purchase and learn from each recipe and story that she shares.
Other than pie, what’s your favorite way to eat pumpkin in the fall? Please share your stories in the comments below!