Savory twist on fall pumpkin dishes! Great for Samhain!
This is a very loose recipe because you can basically stuff your pumpkin with whatever you wish!
Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut a hole in the top of your pie pumpkin and scoop out the guts, as if you were making a jackolantern.
(Save the seeds to roast while you bake and you'll have a little snack while the pumpkin is cooking!)
Stuff your pumpkin with your desired ingredients and pour a about 1/4 cup of heavy cream over the top to moisten everything. Put the top back on and pop it in the oven for about 2 hours.
We did bread chunks, rice, pepper jack and muenster cheese, bacon, garlic, onions, then just seasoned with salt, pepper, nutmeg and fresh thyme.
It's finished when the pumpkin is very soft. When you serve, be sure to scoop out some of the pumpkin flesh.
(Bonus: Pat the seeds dry with paper towels. Season with a little salt and pepper and toss them in the oven for about 10 minutes or until browned to your liking - they cook very quickly so keep an eye on them.)
Other good ingredients to use: mushrooms, cooked turkey, dried cranberries, browned ground beef, boxed stuffing, croutons, diced potatoes or other vegetables, soft nuts like cashews or pecans, diced apples - experiment with different herbs and spices as well. Try to stay in the realm of seasonal fall foods for the best flavor combinations, or use your imagination and come up with something completely new!