French Fridays with Dorie: Pumpkin stuffed with everything good

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Pumpkin stuffed with everything good – I mean, how can you resist?) is destined to become an autumnal favourite in our house.  I made it after a very long weekend of cooking and baking and as I glanced at my list, noticing that I still had this one last thing to do, I wondered could I be bothered. Well, in fact, there’s no bother at all in this dish – it took me about 15 minutes to organise then it cooked in the oven for about 2 hours on its own.

Basically a pumpkin, scooped out and  stuffed with bread, cheese, bacon, herbs and a little cream, this dish presents beautifully on the table (though not sure why my beautiful bright orange pumpkin skin went orangey-brown 🙁 Oh well) and when you pull off the lid it definitely has the WOW factor.  Filling the house with wonderful aromas as it cooks is a bonus – it makes the house just *feel* cozier. I can imagine this would be an awesome dish to eat on our front porch next Monday as we shiver away, handing out candy.

I love that the filling combines with the cooked pumpkin flesh to create a sweet flavour to counter the sharp of the cheese and the salty of the bacon.

I took these pictures of it as it came out of the oven as I was unsure if it would hold together when it was cut into slices. I was lucky, it did, but by then it was way too dark (and I was way too hungry) to take a photo. So you’ll just have to trust me on this that it was a fabulous looking dish that tasted wonderful too!  Even a couple of days later, the leftovers held together as they were re-heated. Another winner, thanks Dorie!

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62 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Pumpkin stuffed with everything good

  1. Liz October 28, 2011 at 06:15 #

    This was true comfort food….I skipped dinner and ate this whole thing!!! Parsley gave yours a beautiful pop of color 🙂

  2. Emily @ Life on Food October 28, 2011 at 06:25 #

    This looks really warm and delicious. I would never have thought to put bacon with pumpkin but now that I see this I really want to try it out.

  3. Adriana October 28, 2011 at 06:30 #

    For what is worth, I really like the rusty color your pumpkin took after baking! I used a green one and it turned almost black – far less photogenic. I will definitely make this one again.

  4. Paula October 28, 2011 at 07:54 #

    This is a very wonderful looking and hearty dish and yes, I can imagine dipping into it on the porch while handing out the treats on Halloween. It looks like it is going to be a chilly one for the little trick-or-treaters.

  5. Mr. Neil October 28, 2011 at 08:18 #

    Hmmm…I drank no wine with this – !!! – but am happy to offer a pairing.

    Given the flavour combinations, I think you have a lot of latitude to pretty much go with “what you like / what you feel like”.

    I’d naturally lean towards white: say a Chardonnay (not too buttery), Viognier or possibly even a Sherry.

    But on the chilly night front and looking for a red: Grenache/Garnacha would be my first choice. Not too heavy.

  6. Cher October 28, 2011 at 08:20 #

    I loved this one – such a perfect fall dish! (although with last night’s snow, it might need a little re-inforced eggnog to go with it)
    I love looking at everyone’s sweet little pumpkins 🙂

  7. Trix October 28, 2011 at 08:32 #

    Yep, this one is a keeper for sure. I was surprised it was so good for lunch the next day, didn’t get mushy at all. Yours looks pretty!

  8. Cookin' Cowgirl October 28, 2011 at 10:05 #

    This is so pretty! What beautiful colors, buzz!

    PS I’m having my first ever giveaway today. Come check it out! 🙂

  9. Steph I October 28, 2011 at 10:11 #

    I love your pretty “brown” pumpkin. Looks good enough to eat. I started with a white pumpkin and it roasted up almost orange.

  10. Eileen October 28, 2011 at 10:30 #

    Beautiful pictures! We loved this one too!

  11. Maya October 28, 2011 at 11:09 #

    Mardi, is there anyone out there who DON’T like this dish? We loved it too and I’ve made it 3 times already…yes, I’m obsessed! I really like the color contrast between your pumpkin flesh and the stuffing, so lovely.

  12. SoupAddict October 28, 2011 at 11:28 #

    Definitely a favorite, and so versatile. Must buy more pumpkins for the winter! Lovely photos. 🙂

  13. The Mistress of Spices October 28, 2011 at 12:06 #


  14. Robin October 28, 2011 at 12:11 #

    My new favorite fall dish! Your pumpkin looks delicious 🙂

  15. Krissy October 28, 2011 at 12:18 #

    These pumpkins do make a pretty picture. We were surprised by how much we liked this dish…and decided it would be a lovely addition to a holiday table.

  16. Nana October 28, 2011 at 13:30 #

    This is such a nice addition for any holiday table. Hubby and I really
    enjoyed it, and the leftovers were good too. I’m very glad that
    Tricia’s family like her version, now we can enjoy it for Thanksgiving
    together. Your dish turned out beautiful and looks so perfect.

  17. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen October 28, 2011 at 14:32 #

    Yum, this looks spectacular. Oh the joys of trying to take photos with failing light. I’m just going to have to make this myself to find out how the finished product looked. Sounds well worth the effort.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 6, 2011 at 11:41 #

      Yes it’s a little sad the days are shorter and the window for decent light is smaller 🙁

  18. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) October 28, 2011 at 16:49 #

    Looks deelish. I’m sure the cheese & bacon goes sooo well with the pumpkin.

  19. Confessions of a Culinary Diva October 28, 2011 at 18:49 #

    This is one of my favorite FFWD dishes. It is surprising easy to prep, and does last a couple days for leftovers. It was even a hit with Sasha the Wonder Dog – she loves pumpkin! Mine also was a bit of a burnt orange….but still very festive looking.

  20. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 28, 2011 at 20:18 #

    I stumbled on this recipe a while ago and then as I usually do promptly forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me about this recipe that I would be remiss to not try for myself.

  21. FrolickingNightOwl October 28, 2011 at 20:34 #

    NICE work!!

  22. Stephanie October 28, 2011 at 21:33 #

    This is so pretty and that stuffing looks just delicious!!

  23. Tricia S. October 28, 2011 at 21:46 #

    I agree on what a lovely “fall” aroma and taste this dish had. It seems like preparing this dish should be a rite of passage each year to welcome the season. So glad you enjoyed it. I was also happy that it was minimal “organizing” and mostly cooking. Which means we can make it again tomorrow 🙂

  24. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 28, 2011 at 22:13 #

    This is an amazing recipe! Love the filling, and it mixing with the cooked pumpkin, just sounds delicious!

  25. alice October 29, 2011 at 01:16 #

    hands down you are a much better photographer!! … I thought this made my house smell cozier and lovely too!

  26. MikeVFMK October 29, 2011 at 21:50 #

    Yes, please! Pumpkin, bacon, bread, cheese and herbs?! That alone is enough to have me making this recipe before fall ticks away. Lovely Mardi!

  27. penny aka jeroxie October 29, 2011 at 22:42 #

    I never had a stuffed pumpkin before. Can’t wait till I get back into the kitchen.

  28. Ann October 29, 2011 at 23:51 #

    I was telling Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake that this is my all time favorite Dorie recipe and I believe it’s convinced me to get the book. It’s stunning!

  29. K A B L O O E Y October 30, 2011 at 21:27 #

    You can cut it into slices? Wow, that does sound like a gorgeous dish; it certainly looks delectable. You saw our pumpkin, so you know yours wins that particular beauty contest.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 6, 2011 at 11:31 #

      Yes and it even stood up on the plate 🙂 You know, I did see your pumpkin but we didn’t even get one carved this year so you win in the “being on top of things” contest!

  30. Rose October 31, 2011 at 08:13 #

    I was really impressed by how easy this one was. For some reason the picture in the book made me think that it would be far more difficult, but like you said, it came together quick quickly. And it was oh so yummy!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 6, 2011 at 11:30 #

      Yeah I thought it would be way too complicated but it was actually one of the easiest ones yet!

  31. Lisa / Dust with Flour October 31, 2011 at 12:10 #

    This is beautiful and looks so tasty!

  32. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 2, 2011 at 20:34 #

    Lovely! I love pumpkin… Have to give this stuffed pumpkin a try!


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