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, Stuffed Pumpkin
Posted: 03-Oct-2005, 11:57 AM
Group: Celtic Nation
Realm: New York
| Golly, there's a million things you could stuff a pumpkin with and then bake it, all of them yummy! Can you describe some of the things that went into it? Was it a rice-based filling? was there meat? was it sweet, spicy or tangy?
Here's a vegetarian one:
Elegant Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe
1 (5 pounds) pumpkin
2 to 3 cups brown rice, cooked
2 cups crumbled dry whole wheat bread (or part corn bread or other bread)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 to 1 cup chopped celery and leaves
2 apples (tart and unpeeled), chopped
1 cup roasted chestnuts or a handful of cashew nuts, cut In half
Herbs: Sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, and paprika to taste
1 to 2 cups vegetable stock
1/4 to 1/2 cup butter, melted, or safflower oil
Soy sauce or salt to taste
Cut off top of pumpkin to make a lid. Remove the seeds and scrape out any stringy pulp.
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with hands. Add stock and butter, and mix well, adding soy sauce and salt if desired. Stuffing should be moist but not wet. Pack loosely into pumpkin, replace lid, and bake on oiled cookie sheet for 1-1/2 hours or more at 325 degrees F.
It is done when a fork pushes easily through the pumpkin. Transfer to a caserole dish and serve at the table, scooping out some of the tender pumpkin flesh with each serving of stuffing. If the pumpkin is organically grown, you may eat the skin too. (If you have too much stuffing for your pumpkin, place extra in an oiled casserole, cover, and bake for 1 hour.) [/B]
And here's a meat one (this is similar to what I've tried. I would put in chopped red sweet peppers too. ):
BEEF STUFFED PUMPKINYield: 8 servings
1 (5-6 pounds) pumpkin or 2 or 3 (2-3 pounds) pumpkins
2 teaspoons salt, divided use
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garllic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons crushed dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups cooked rice, preferably a mixture of white & wild rice
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup pine nuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut top from pumpkin and remove seeds and strings. Prick cavity with fork and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Heat pot or large skillet.
2. Add oil to pot or skillet. When hot, add garlic and onion and saute until onion is transparent. Add beef and continue sauteeing until browned. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.
3. Stuff pumpkin with mixture. Place 1/2- inch water in bottom of a shallow baking pan large enough to hold the pumpkin.
4. Put pumpkin in the pan and bake 1 to 1- 1/2 hours. Cut pumpkin into wedges (or if small pumpkins used, into halves) and serve, giving each person both pumpkin and stuffing.
So -- that gives you the idea on cooking time and amounts. Now you can play. I would like to try a middle eastern or indian spices variation, with ground lamb, this year. I can even see where you could stuff it with mexican-style hot and spicy beans and rice, with meat or not, and with both hot and sweet peppers.
Posted: 04-Oct-2005, 04:02 PM
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|QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 04-Oct-2005, 05:57 PM)|
| Oh. You meant it was here on this site that you saw the recipe! Sorry. |
Yeah, that looks really good! Interesting to use the egg in it too, to bind it into a "loaf" inside the pumpkin while it bakes. That would make the serving of it very nice -- when you slice the pumpkin, the meat and rice keeps its shape inside the slice, and the outer rim of cooked pumpkin is kind of laminated right on the filling.
Damn! I'm hungry. (At work with bag of Cheetos, reading these good recipes. Now that is pathetic.)
Don't appologize your recipes look grand and are now here in the forum for all to share!
"...bag of Cheetos..." YUCK!
Posted: 13-Oct-2005, 03:50 PM
Group: Celtic Nation
Realm: New York
| Uh-huh!! That's going to be good. There's some stuff around on smoked pumpkin as a good flavor. This recipe is a little chaotic, not clear what it's supposed to come out looking like, but near as I can tell it's a ravioli with a goat cheese and red pepper filling -- and I'm not clear if those are sweet or hot peppers, but I would use hot, or maybe both together -- with a sauce over it make of hickory smoked pumpkin, and some caramelized onions on the side. Sounds like a fantastic combination of flavors. Me, I would sneak a little ground walnut into the goat cheese and pepper filling (have made a great dip out of feta cheese, cream and ground walnut, seasoned with cayenne pepper. If I remember, the idea was originally in the first Moosewood Cookbook. That shows me age, I guess. ) If the ravioli was too big a deal to make, I can see stuffing already-cooked big tube pasta with the goat cheese mix and baking it for a short time with the pumpkin sauce over it.
Ravioli of Goats Cheese and Capsicum Smoked Pumpkin & Caramalised Onions- Fast But Good Food - By Kelly Brown, Emily Unicomb and Stephen O'Brien
Chef: Stephen O'Brien
Ravioli Paste -
300g Bakers Flour
35ml Olive oil
Approx 70ml water
500g Goats Cheese
(Cherve fresh fromage blanc kervella)
4 Red Capsicums
1kg Butternut Pumpkin
1 packet Hickory chips
1 Litre Vegetable stock
Caramelised Onions -
1kg Red onions
150ml Olive oil
250g Brown sugar
Method for Ravioli Paste -
Sieve flour & Salt
Make a bay, add the egg, oil and water - from a paste, knead until smooth (more water may be required)
Rest in fridge for 30 mins
Roll out and cut into 6cm diameter circles, place filling in centre and place another circle of paste on top to form ravioli.
Cook in boiling salted water at service
Method for Filling -
Sear and blister the capsicum on all sides in a hot pan and a small amount of oil.
Place capsicums in a bowl, cover with Clingwrap and chill
Remove skin and seeds when cold, dice for ravioli.
Method for Sauce -
Heat the hickory wood chips in a deep pan, cover with a wire rack and place the sliced & peeled pumpkin on to cook with the smoke - place a lid on top to retain heat and monitor smoke levels until cooked
Puree veg stock, nutmeg and some pumpkin to form a sauce - season before serving.
Method for Caramelised Onions -
Heat oil, add sliced onion, and cook until a light brown colour is achieved.
Add the brown sugar and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
Season and store for service.
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