Friday, October 28, 2011

FFWD Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Dorie's delicious Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good
Here I am spending another Friday in Florida, and that means another French Friday in Florida! I have been  looking forward to this recipe since it was picked, mostly because I love pumpkin! This recipe sounded so different and yet so yummy! However, I was not thrilled to be making it here! We had plans to go out to dinner with my sister-in-law and her husband who were visiting us.  So, we weren't making dinner. Anyone who's read my blog knows my husband is not an adventurous eater! Oh, and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law aren't such squash/pumpkin fans either! There was no way I was going to miss this recipe so, I picked up a small pie pumpkin at the store and was going to make it anyway. Even if I was the only one to eat it!
That was yesterday! I carved the pumpkin, cleaned out the seeds, salt and peppered it! Then I started to make the filling! Dried bread cubes, cheese (I used cheddar), bacon (I used turkey), garlic, thyme, nutmeg and heavy cream!  I filled the pumpkin with this wonderful mixture and popped it into the oven at 350° for 2 hours. The aroma in the house was wonderful and was drawing everyone in! They walked into the kitchen several times asking what was cooking..it smells so delicious! Ah ha! I think I've got them! Would they try it? I didn't know but, I knew they were getting ready for a glass of wine and something to nibble on. So I sliced the pumpkin and asked it they wanted to try it! Surprise! They all said yes. If nothing else they would eat just the stuffing. This dish, was to my astonishment, a huge hit! Maybe they were just hungry after spending the afternoon at the beach but, if that were the case they sure fooled me! This wonderful pumpkin dish will be making an appearance at my Thanksgiving table by request! Who'd have thunk it? Not me!
This delicious recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, "Around My French Table" or you can find it here at NPR. If you'd like to see how other Dorista's did, you can check them out here.

Preparing the stuffing

Mixing the stuffing
Pumpkin salt and peppered
Oh so luscious and just out of the oven
This smelled so incredible  


I will be serving this for Thanksgiving dinner
I can't believe they eat the whole thing!

27 comments:

  1. Most Dorie recipes give away wonderful smells that lure EVERYONE to the kitchen. Glad to hear it was a hit, even with your picky eaters.

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  2. Love your post. We were surprised by this recipe...surprised that we liked it so much. Pumpkin is great, but in desserts and with sweetening and spices, or for carving, but not to eat like a squash, That's what I like about this group...new ideas and cyberfriends...all good.

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  3. This looks wonderful and it is the kind of dish my family would love. I've bookmarked it to try when time frees up. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  4. Look at all those empty plates! I didn't even offer my hubby any of the pumpkin...so I'm truly impressed that yours ate the whole thing! Hooray for him :)

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  5. Yay! I'm glad everyone enjoyed it!

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  6. I wonder if the pie pumpkin would eliminate the bitter taste I got from my pumpkin. What kind of cheese did you use? Love the black table/background in your photos ... it goes VERY nicely with the colors of your pumpkin. :)

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  7. Congrats on getting everyone to try this dish! Once you try, one bite is not enough! One time I had guests who couldn't or didn't like onions and garlic, and were vegetarians - that was hard to cook for, wish I had known about this dish as it could be so versatile!

    Gorgeous photos!

    HAppy French Friday!

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  8. Hope you are enjoying your trip! This recipe looks so yummy-- that stuffing looks divine! Its such a festive dish for this season and I love that you actually cook it in the pumpkin. What a great idea!

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  9. I love it when the smells from the oven coax people out from their comfort zones! Good job!

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  10. Your pumpkin looks beautiful! And look at all those empty plates - yum! So happy everyone enjoyed it.

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  11. Isn't it great when you get to convert everyone to the "Dorie side" on a particular item. I was surprised at how well this went over in my house too...

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  12. Hi Kathy-How in the world did you carve out the inside of that pumpkin...is my first question?
    (it's hard enough to carve a pumpkin)
    Second, is it raining up there in the panhandle? It was pouring here from yesterday afternoon till on-and-off this morning.

    You stuffed pumpkin with all those delicious ingredients, is a "full meal" just by itself. It is gorgeous, and so appealing!
    For Thanksgiving, would be the center of attention, and the most creative new dish-I would love to make this, and leave the meat out for the vegetarians at my table!
    Enjoy the rest of your stay in hopefully, sunny Florida!
    xoxo

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  13. OMG, just read about 'us' in your blog....honestly people this was the most wonderful tasting filling, and I scraped the pumpking skin empty.....John usually hates pumpkin and was delighted with this dish. Thank you so much Kathy for expanding our horizons. We loved it as you can planly see....no kidding everyone, give it a try. YUMMMY

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  14. Sorry, I got so excited I mispelled some words, plainly I did, this was so good, I wish I had some right now. Thanks Kathy for expanding our horizons.

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  15. Ah, pumkpin with a glass of wine - it looks like an elegant meal!

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  16. I'm glad to hear you liked this! I was a bit skeptical, but missed the chance to make it this week as we were called out of town unexpectedly. I may make it for Thanksgiving, too since you said how much everyone liked it!

    Enjoy your week!

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  17. Don't you love when your family tastes that "green eggs and ham" and loves it? Hope you are enjoying your Florida interlude, Kathy. It's snowing in the Northeast as we speak, so I'm jealous. I'm glad this was hit at your house!

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  18. Great photos, Kathy! Your pumpkin looks so delicious and I am so glad it was a hit with everyone. We loved it here as well and I ate the smallest of the two I bought myself. :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  19. pumpkin could be so powerful..:D
    romwe streetfashion

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  20. Isn't that so fun when you can lure people into the kitchen to try out something new and watch them discover a new liking! Good for you!

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  21. I'd say that those empty plates speak for themselves! What a wonderful surprise.

    We loved this one too, but then again, we love squash so we were expecting to. I can't wait to make it again.

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  22. Just loved that story - I was already delighted to think of you forging ahead to make the FFWD dish on schedule, and then more delighted to hear how well received it was. Your process photos are really great- make it perfectly clear why you had the converts. And the last one with the empty rinds is too funny !!

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  23. I made this as well from Dorie's book and absolutely couldn't believe how delicious it was. My son and I couldn't stop eating it. My husband didn't touch it since he's not one to break out and try new things. Too bad for him. This is a keeper and definitely plan to make it for the holidays again! Best part, it's simple to prepare.

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  24. I was not able to make this last week for FFWD but after all the comments I must make it this weekend. Looks fabulous!

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  25. The stuffing is so good it's hard to imagine anyone NOT liking this. I'm so happy your family surprised you and ate it up!

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  26. This looks wonderful and it is the kind of dish my family would love.

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