This stuffed mini pumpkin will bring you right into the Autumn spirit. It has all the warmth and nuttiness you can expect in an autumn dish. It would be great if you can get all these lovely ingredients fresh from your area, but if not, don’t be afraid to substitute with your local produce. In the ‘Notes’ you can find some tips and ideas which flavours to add to this dish, as I kept the original recipe with minimal ingredients.
Pumpkins, chestnuts, and mushrooms are a beautiful combination. They give warm, nutty and sweet flavours. Who doesn’t like that on a rainy autumn day? Together they create very comforting dishes. On top of that a pumpkin is very nutritious. Especially rich in vitamin A, which helps us with our immune system. Which is exactly what we need during the autumn months.
If you are a pumpkin lover like me, have a look at some of my other pumpkin recipes. Like the pumpkin and chestnut soup. And just recently I made a delicious pumpkin risotto (no rice), I will upload the recipe soon on this site.
Stuffed pumpkin and wine pairing…
This dish is strong in umami flavours because of the use of various mushrooms, this normally could match well with a Pinot noir from burgundy. Preferably an aged pinot noir in which they mushroom aromas have evolved. If you do prefer to go for a white, it will have to be a fuller bodied white, like a age oaked Chardonnay or a Pinot gris from the Alsace region.
Please make sure to add @haricoco1 to your Instagram photos, and let me know about your own creations of this dish. I always LOVE to see your photos and ideas. This dish has endless possibilities to work with. Enjoy!
First prepare the mini pumpkins by cutting their top off and roasting them in foil for approx. 35 – 40 minutes (check if the flesh is cooked by pricking it)
After cooling down, carefully scoop out all of the pumpkins flesh, while leaving the pumpkin intact
Brush all the mushrooms clean, and cut chanterelles in halves, buttons in quarters, and porcini in nice slices
Boil the wild rice according instructions on the package.
For the puree;
Heat a small frying pan , add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sauté the shallot and 1 garlic (approx 3 min).
Add the chopped chestnuts, the flesh of the pumpkin and give it a good stir.
Cool down and puree into a mash, you can use a stick blender for this.
If you find the puree too thick add a splash of your favourite plant based milk.
Season with salt and pepper.
For the mushrooms;
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, and add all the mushrooms while the oil is not too hot yet, sprinkle some sea salt over them and turn the heat to high. Stir fry them for a couple of minutes on high heat.
Add 1 clove of chopped garlic and fry for another minute.
Add a splash of white wine and turn off the heat.
Finish your dish;
By drizzling the truffle oil over the boiled wild rice and fill your mini pumpkin with the rice.
Put half of the puree on one plate and top with half of the mixed mushrooms.
Add some green salad leaves to add colour and a little crunch.
I have kept this recipe with minimal ingredients, but of course you can add and substitute to your personal liking. Some tips; Add herbs, I haven\’t used herbs in this recipe, but you can add herbs to the rice and/or puree. Chives, Parsley, or tarragon in the puree, but when using tarragon make sure not to use too many other added flavours. Or add parsley to your mushroom mixture, add at the same time as the garlic. Add any Nuts or seeds, this is a very \’nutty\’ autumn dish, you can easily add some extra nuts or seeds. Sprinkle some walnuts over the dish, or some roasted pumpkin seeds. This will add a nice roasted flavour, and as well a nice crunch to the dish. I have used my local Carmague rice, but as I know this is not available everywhere, look for the best wild and slightly nutty rice you can get. You can spice up your puree a little bit with Espelette, which gives a nice \’warm heat\’ without making it really spicy. ENJOY!! And make sure to let me know about your creations….
Stuffed mini pumpkin with puree and mushrooms
Amount Per Serving:
% Daily Value*
Total Fat30.67 g
Saturated Fat 4.42 g
Trans Fat 0.03 g
Total Carbohydrate179.78 g
Dietary Fiber 14.29 g
Sugars 45.55 g
Vitamin A 696.1 %
Vitamin C 184.7 %
Calcium 38.63 %
Iron 88.26 %
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.