Stuffed Pumpkins – With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage

October 29, 2013
October Food Swap - Pumpkins

Leave it to Kate ..

To bring something as truly unique as these

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

First blush walking into the Eerie Edibles Swap .. “Oh .. how cool .. somebody carved little pumpkins”

Hold the phone

Pause & examine .. This is far from ordinary .. Is there something IN them?

Yes!

Oh my ..

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

Wild rice .. cranberries .. almonds .. and sage .. baked in

Upon a completed agreement to trade .. one got their pick of scary faces. I chose one that seemed the happiest .. in the spookiest sort of way ..

Driving home .. The Chef commented .. I hadn't thought of it ..

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

“Seriously .. Do you realize how much effort carving those little pumpkins had to have been? I mean .. you couldn't puncture the skin & make it work. She did it perfectly”

And so the very next evening .. we just couldn't resist ..

The Chef coated a ham steak in dijon mustard & honey .. grilled it for a few minutes on each side .. (ps: highly recommended .. yum!)

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

As we scooped our pumpkin & rice mixture out of our spooky friend .. it was like a part of her was there having dinner right along side us

THAT.. was the best part of all

Thanks Kate!

xoxo ..

ps: Kate reveals all of her eerie pumpkin making secrets to her blog  .. Be sure to check it out!

A bit of Pumpkin Trivia .. Pie Pumpkins vs Carving Pumpkins

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

Let me tell you .. I've learned a heck of a lot about the pumpkin during this process.

Apparently the best pumpkins to use in cooking & baking are much smaller than the treasures you'd discover in a pumpkin patch. They're called “Pie Pumpkins” and are found at your local grocery.

Aside from their smaller stature (1-2 pounds on average) .. they're closer to a uniform shape and color than a pumpkin used for carving .. their skin is quite a bit smoother as well.

Another difference is their tender flesh .. which makes the cooking process easier. They also have better texture (less grainy) and are sweeter

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

Contrast this with those found in the pumpkin patch ..

They are designed to make carving easier .. having thinner shells and typically less flesh on the inside. Also .. their flesh is grainier & stringy ..

The Moral of the Story

While many foodie enthusiasts tend to prefer cooking with a pie pumpkin over a carving pumpkin .. never fear .. you still can put your good ‘ol jack o lantern to use

The most common challenge with cooking a carving pumpkin is too much moisture.

So .. after taking out the flesh .. put it in a bowl .. and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.

This should allow for water to separate  .. and you'll be able to drain it off before use

Who knew?

Stuffed Pumpkins - With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage - Loved Kate's pumpkins stuffed with all the best flavors of fall .. Plus .. a bit of pumpkin trivia!

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