FFwD: Stuffed Pumpkin

I was so excited when I saw this recipe on the list for October. What a perfect way to end the week! I actually made this recipe for a luncheon, and I wasn’t too keen on using one big pumpkin, though. I thought I’d be able to do this with tiny pumpkins, but because the really tiny ones don’t have a lot of meat, I went with the pie pumpkins. I actually ended up with way too much food, but better too much than too little!

I made the pumpkin with rice instead of bread. In my head it seems a little healthier that way!! I also added spinach to the mix. Dorie wasn’t kidding when she said it would come out like risotto. The only thing that I would do differently next time is to taste the mixture before I stuff the pumpkins. The whole thing could have used a bit more salt, but I think that depends on the type of cheese and other fillings you use.

I think this stuffed pumpkin would make a perfect Halloween dinner. I would definitely make it in one big pumpkin so that you don’t have to clean out three. After the pumpkin and the cornish hen, I think I’m done with gutting for a couple of weeks!

This week was a success! Stay tuned for Monday when I’ll share the results of tonight’s chili cook-off! Have a great week-end everyone!

*What is French Fridays with Dorie? An online cooking group dedicated to working our way through Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table. We try a new recipe each week and post about it on Fridays. If you’re interested you can pick up a copy of the book and follow along with us here.

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  1. I used rice too – loved it. I was afraid the bread would seem too soggy, but I think I will try it like that sometime. Just to see.

  2. I definitely need to try the rice variation. I have a friend who makes a divine pumpkin risotto that would be so much fun to adapt to this cooking method.

  3. I’m using rice next time! Good tip about the little pumpkins, I thought about using those next time too. This was such a yummy dish!

  4. I love how the rice becomes risotto-ish … so delicious!

  5. Glad to see this also works well with rice. I had considered rice but stuck more to Dorie’s recipe…it was great, but I’d still like to try with rice.

  6. I can’t wait to try this with rice. I love how versatile this dish is. Yours looks great, and it’s a fun thing to serve for a luncheon.

  7. Happy to see you tried it with rice as well. Your pumpkin looks fantastic!

  8. Love that you used rice. Risotto and pumpkin sounds wonderful. We really loved this one…will definitely be making it for Thanksgiving. Your little pumpkins look so perfect!

  9. hmm, pairing it with cornish hen sounds amazing! 🙂 I filled ours with rice too and I think I would make it with rice everytime and skip the bread…

  10. Always better to have too much food than not enough! Sounds like a great pairing! Trying with rice next time….Happy French Friday!

  11. I love the look of the rice filling – if I make this again, the rice is the way to go, I think.

  12. Love the idea of a stuffed pumpkin rice risotto type deal.
    And let me tell you, I was way happier to stick my hands in side of a pumpkin instead of a piece of poultry 🙂

  13. I remember how wonderful the rice was with the stuffed peppers so I can imagine how wonderful it was with the pumpkin.

  14. Do you remember the pumpkin stuffed with beef we did for Hallowe’en?Was a great tradition.Had a young girl appoach me last night who enjoys your blog,you are quite international.Love you

  15. Your little pumpkins look delicious. I also went the baby pumpkin route and liked that they took a little less time in the oven. We loved this recipe and will definitely be making it again, I’m thinking rice with apples and sausage next time.

  16. A great flavor combo. Thanks for a tasty post.

  17. You’ve convinced me to try the rice variation next time! I love the idea of risotto in a pumpkin. Your photos are gorgeous…

  18. Mmm, the rice variation looks tempting, especially when you said it came out like risotto. Love the cut profile of the whole pumpkin!

  19. I was tempted to make rice but was running too late and getting too excited with all the options I wanted to throw into my pumpkins ! Yours turned out beautiful- great photos and risotto in a pumpkin sounds fab to me. Nana loved this one too and we will be playing around with more fillings …including rice !