Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whole Baked Pumpkin

Isn't it nice to be loved? I came home from my last day at work today before our honeymoon to these gorgeous flowers from Mr B and to top the day off, we had Mum and Dad coming around for dinner. This would be our last family dinner before the big trip, so it was time to bring out the big guns! Mum and Dad had given us a pumpkin last week and I had plans for it....big cheesy plans!

Whole Baked Pumpkin
You will need

1 large pumpkin
100g diced mushroom
1 onion diced
1 stick celery diced
150ml thickened cream
2 cups grated cheese (I used a combination of gouda, romano, cheddar and parmesan)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tspn wet herbs (garlic, chilli, basil and oregano)
Salt and Pepper

Pre-heat oven to 180C.

Place your pumkin on a tray and cut the top off. Scoop out all the seeds. Soak the stalk in some water whilst preparing the filling.

In a fry pan over medium heat, combine the mushrooms, onion and celery. Cook for 7-10 mins or until softened.

In a bowl combine the mushrooms, onion, celery, cream, cheese, breadcrumbs and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the filling into the hollowed out pumpkin. Don't be afraid to cram it all in there. Place the lid back on and pop the whole thing in the oven for around 90 mins. If you can insert a skewer into the skin and through the pumpkin with ease, then it is cooked. If not, give it another 30 mins and see how it goes then.

When we cut the first slice out, the filling just sort of oozed out and it looked (and tasted) amazing! I am so keen to try this again, so many different filling possibilities from rice to risotto to chilli to cheesey goodness....

I'm off to pack (and un-pack) some more so Happy Wednesday everyone!!

Only 2 days to go till our honeymoon!!

Mrs B xx

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this does look amazing. I can imagine all that gooey goodness oozing out of the pumpkin. Hope you had a lovely honeymoon! Btw, I'm dropping by via Meatless Mondays.



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