People, THIS is a Thanksgiving recipe! If you are looking for something a little different, something impressive and incredibly festive, you must add this to your Thanksgiving table. Not to mention, if you are going to stuff something, it might as well be a harmless little gourd, rather than a dead bird swarming with microbes. Just saying.
I am all about Fine Cooking these days and I follow them on Facebook. Last week I saw a link to this recipe for Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good by Dorie Greenspan and I thought, huh… stuffed pumpkin, you say? I could do that! My husband happened to bring home five pumpkins from work a few weeks ago that his farmer friend brought in. And actually, no, it was not the same friend who gave us the duck eggs. We live out here in the wilds of Western Massachusetts, you never know what your friends might bring you! Anyway, I easily resisted the urge to cut up the pumpkins into amusing jack-o-lantern styles for Halloween because I don’t actually like Halloween much. Nope, not really. But Thanksgiving? Yes!! That is a holiday I can fully support.
What’s not to like about a holiday that is all about eating and eating well? Not just candy but wondeful savory dishes too, like mashed potatoes and squashes and stuffing and hey, why not? Stuffed squashes. This stuffing reminded me a bit of the savory bread pudding I usually make for Thanksgiving, except with bacon!! And how could bacon hurt anything? That’s right. It couldn’t. Except I didn’t have any bacon. I did have pancetta though! Mmmm, cured spiced Italian pig – works for me.
My pumpkin was bigger than the recipe called for and I kind of have to wonder if 2.5 – 3 pounds was correct. My pumpkin was not all that big and it weighed 5 pounds. I added a few extra bread cubes and extra cheese and cream to fill it up.
And look at this beauty right out of the oven!! All browned and roasted and beautiful! When serving, you can scoop into the pumpkin flesh and pull up pumpkin along with the stuffing and it all combines into a fantastic Thanksgiving-style mouthful. I was apparently far too eager to dig in to take a picture of it on the plate. But, that’s okay – it’s pumpkin, it’s cheese, it’s pancetta, and it’s heavy cream, man. What’s not to like? Just do it.