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Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

The name says it all: this pumpkin is filled with the savory goodness of bacon, cheese, and bread; it makes a hearty main course or side dish. The recipe comes from "Around My French Table," by Dorie Greenspan.

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) pumpkin
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 pound Gruyere, Emmenthal, or cheddar cheese (or a mix of all three), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, split, germ removed, and coarsely chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives or sliced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack set in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or use a Dutch oven that is slightly larger in diameter than your pumpkin (in which case, you will need to serve your pumpkin from the Dutch oven, as it may stick, but it will keep its shape better this way).

  2. Step 2

    Using a sharp, sturdy knife, cut off top of pumpkin, working around the top with the knife inserted at a 45-degree angle to cut off enough to make it easy to work inside the pumpkin; reserve top. Remove seeds and strings from cap and pumpkin. Season inside of pumpkin generously with salt and pepper. Place on prepared baking sheet or in Dutch oven; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, toss together bread, cheese, garlic, bacon, chives, and thyme until well combined. Pack into pumpkin; it should be well filled but not overstuffed. You may need to add some bread and cheese or some of the filling may not be necessary to use. In a small bowl, stir cream and nutmeg to combine. Pour over filling; filling should be moist but not swimming in cream -- you may need to use more or less accordingly.

  4. Step 4

    Place top on pumpkin and transfer to oven; cook until filling is bubbling and pumpkin flesh is tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove top and continue baking until liquid is slightly evaporated and top of filling is browned, 20 to 30 minutes more.

  5. Step 5

    Carefully transfer pumpkin to a serving platter (or serve in Dutch oven, if using) and serve.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

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Reviews (4)

  • 6 Nov, 2013

    This was really wonderful. As the video says, it really is an arts and craft project! I think adding other veggies to the mixture would be fantastic. I didn't have bacon so I added a whole can of great northern beans. I'm not a fan of nutmeg but I used cinnamon in its place. Flavored croutons add a more robust flavor (I used Parmesan garlic). I couldn't find a 3 pound pumpkin so I settled for 4.2 pounds and I had to throw in a little more of each ingredient! Also I added sun dried tomatoes ;)

  • 30 Oct, 2013

    She did give credit: "The recipe comes from "Around My French Table," by Dorie Greenspan."

  • 3 Oct, 2012

    Mmmm. Why doesn't Martha give credit to Dorie Greenspan whose recipe this is?

  • 21 Dec, 2010

    This was great and really easy. I made it without the bacon (vegetarian) but next time would love to add broccoli. This would make a great entertaining option as well as the filling would be great with pita chips or on french bread slices.