The butternut is my favourite pumpkin! It has plenty of flesh, few seeds and a great flavour. Its flesh is softer than that of a regular pumpkin, which means it’s easier to process, because cutting up a pumpkin is no joke!
Warning: don’t be tempted to get the largest pumpkin you can find. All a single needs is one that weighs in at about 1 to 1,2 kg.
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Sofie is a Singlemade-fan and after she’d tried the parsnip hash browns, she sent me a sweet message, saying she had a garden full of pumpkin’s she didn’t know what to do with, except for grilling them or making soup. That’s why I sent her a sneak preview of a few pumpkin recipes!
She cut the butternut into halves because she had guests. Tip: hollowing out a pumpkin is hard work and because she didn’t have any male muscle around, she used an ice cream scoop (a girl’s best friend, as she said :-)).
Tip: Sofie had a hard time finding calamari and she didn’t know which kind of fish to use as an alternative, so she used minced meat, which turned out great!
Tip: you can use a firm fish, like pollack or tilapia, or a frozen seafood mix!
After trying this recipe, Sofie intends to stuff the rest of her harvest as well! 🙂
Vittoria used regular rice to stiff the pumpkin. She boiled it in advance with a chopped shallot for extra flavour. Because her filling was already warm, the pumpkin only needed 30 minutes to bake. She’s not a big fan of the calamari, but she thinks it’s an impressive dish to serve!
Although she didn’t hate it, Carine won’t revisit this recipe any time soon. She had too much trouble finding the calamari. Pieter couldn’t find any frozen ones, so he went with fresh ones.
I actually developed this recipe for my brother Kobus. He had been asking for a recipe using frozen calamari, so I assumed they were easy to find.
Kobus replaced the rice with courgette and used red wine instead of water. Tip: if you use wine, you’ll need only half a bouillon cube.
Tip: Kobus and Pieter had some leftover stuffing and gratinated this with some pine nuts and goat cheese in the casserole alongside the pumpkin. Delicious!
And, before I forget: Kobus did approve this recipe! 😀
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Have fun cooking and… bon appétit! 🙂