1 small baking pumpkin (we used a snowball white pumpkin)
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ small white or yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 large carrots, diced
½ cup sliced mushrooms, optional
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup cooked barley or brown rice
1/4 pound cooked ground sausage
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 large egg
1/2 cups half-and-half (or whole milk)
1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for the top
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place the pumpkin on a flat work surface.
2. Using a heavy-duty knife inserted at a 45-degree angle, carefully cut out a “lid” from the top of the pumpkin. Remove seeds and inside ‘strings’ with spoon.
3. Transfer the pumpkin to the prepared baking sheet and place in oven to start cooking.
4. While the pumpkin starts to cook, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery to saute. After the vegetables have softened, add mushrooms and garlic to saute a few more minutes.
5. Add the wine (or chicken stock) to deglaze the pan and stir. Reduce the heat to medium and add the cooked sausage, barley, and thyme.
6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, half-and-half, cheese, Dijon, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper until combined to make the custard. Pour the custard over the filling. Stir to combine.
7. Transfer the stuffing to the pumpkin, filling it all the way to the top. (If there is extra, you can bake it in a small dish on the side.) Fit the “lid" back onto the pumpkin and transfer back to the oven.
8. Bake until the filling is bubbling and hot, and the flesh of the pumpkin can be pierced with a knife. This can be anywhere from 1 to 2 hours total, depending on the size and type of your pumpkin. If possible, remove the cap for the last 15 minutes of baking (sprinkle with grated Parmesan and fluff lightly if the stuffing has smushed down) so the top can crisp up a bit.
9. Carefully transfer the pumpkin to a serving platter. Slice the pumpkin into large wedges with stuffing and serve.
We are so excited about all the flavors that fall brings. Pumpkin being one of them. We have a little something different that we think you should try. Serve your guests stuffed pumpkins!
Pumpkins come in all different sizes, shapes, colors, and flavors! Have you ever thought about eating pumpkin in other ways besides muffins or pies? Why not create the most beautiful & unique table setting when your entree IS part of your decor?
We chose white Snowball Pumpkins for this stuffed pumpkin recipe. They make for a nutritious & beautiful fall dinner! There are lots of different sizes of pumpkins to bake with. You could try baking smaller, more individual serving sized pumpkins (and have less cook time too!). Think you won’t like the flavor of pumpkin? You might be surprised – these snowball white pumpkins did not have as much pumpkin-y flavor as orange pumpkins.
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