Cinderella’s godmother may have turned a pumpkin into a coach, but I turned one into dinner.

Certain dishes intrigue me—sticky coconut rice and mango, most any kind of soup and stuffed pumpkin. So when I ran into a recipe online (the original recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan) for a whole pumpkin baked with ham, cheese, bread, garlic and cream, I had to try it. So much so, that I didn’t care that the family was out and I would be eating alone. Leftovers would surely be good. So with a glass of red wine, I set off.

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin -- relishmag.com

Of course I improvised the recipe based on what I had on hand, but the basic concept was the same. It was super simple…for the bread, I used some stale grilled naan I had hanging around, instead of bacon I used ham, gruyere cheese, check, fresh thyme, check, garlic, check, cream…oops have to be 2% milk instead. I scooped the seeds, dried, seasoned and placed them in a 375F oven for a snack later for the kids. Then I tossed all the ingredients together and piled them in the pumpkin.

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin -- relishmag.com Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin -- relishmag.com

I popped in a DVD (foreign and a real luxury without the kids)–90 minutes later, I had the most scrumptious dinner ever. The pumpkin was sweet and tender. The whole thing was creamy, and gooey and luscious…kind of like a strata in a pumpkin. Perfect for a Friday night after a long week. Now, let me see what I can turn the leftovers into. Soup maybe? Stay tuned.

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin -- relishmag.com


Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin
Brush the pumpkin liberally with maple syrup to bring out its sweetness—a great contrast to the ham, bread and cheese.

1          3-pound pie pumpkin
4          ounces stale bread (I used Naan) in pieces
4          ounces chopped ham
4          ounces grated Gruyere cheese or cheddar
1          ounce grated Parmesan cheese
1/4         cup green onions
2          garlic cloves, chopped
2/3         cup 2% milk
Fresh thyme
Maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Cut top off pumpkin and scoop out seeds and goop. Save seeds to roast. Brush pumpkin with maple syrup.

2. Combine remaining ingredients. Spoon into pumpkin, pressing down. Pumpkin should be full.

3. Place on a foil lined baking pan. Bake 90 minutes to 2 hours or until pumpkin is tender and filling is bubbly. Serve, scooping pumpkin pulp out with filling.

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8 thoughts on “Cinderella’s godmother may have turned a pumpkin into a coach, but I turned one into dinner.

  1. We got our inspiration from Dorie’s recipe as well… I think I’ll try adding Parm next time I make it. Wish I could say I watched a foreign film while my pumpkin was cooking – you go girl!

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  4. This looks more than delicious….delicious personified! It’s so great seeing everyone getting on the “pumpkin” bandwagon….when I get time I will take a peek at some of the other blogger’s/cooks/etc…sites for their yummy recipes as well. T

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