Friday, October 28, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie - Pumpkin stuffed with everything good

A funny thing happened to me last week.  After returning from my cruise (where I had a great time and got to see beautiful sights like this:)















Well, this wasn't so beautiful, Miami on the day we left

Jamica, beautiful!

Locals!

Grand Caymans...could have stayed forever!

Went to Hell & back!

Miami upon return
I thought I was suppose to make Dorie's Pumpkin stuffed with everything good.  So I did...and it was.  The funny thing was I was actually suppose to make pissaladiere.  Oops!  When I discovered my mistake, it was too late to slap together the pissaladiere, so I missed another week of FFwD.  Oh well.  I was still in vacation mode and didn't mind too much.

Unbaked

I stuffed the pumpkin with herbs and bread and cheese and BIG hunks of ham that I had leftover from one of the most amazing hams we've ever had.  The pumpkin looked amazing and the boys and I could hardly wait to dive in.  Unfortunately, the boys deemed it "just alright," not great.  I think the bread was the issue.  While I let the bread go stale (by putting it cut up on the counter all day), I think it really needed to sit out overnight.  It was very mushy and a little unappetizing.  Everything else tasted great and leftovers the next day were very tasty.  This is something I'd try again, with a few tweaks. It certainly is a perfect fall supper!  Check out my fellow Doristas pumkins here.

Baked

Artsy shot

18 comments:

Adriana said...

I love how those pumpkins with the lighter outsides look against the orange flesh and stuffing. I don't blame you for sticking to your vacation mode - shouldn't we all relax a little? DH wasn't too crazy about the pumpkin, but that had more to do with me undercooking it.

Robin said...

Now that you mention the bread, mine was a little soggy too. I didn't even leave mine out on the counter so will make sure it's nice and stale next time. Still loved this dish!

Kris' Kitchen said...

Oh, I love this with all the ham...great idea. Looks delish.

Elin said...

Glad you had a wonderful hols on a cruise and having so much fun :) and your stuffed pumpkin with ham :) they look good to me :)

Lara B Knight said...

Vacation looked wonderful as did your stuffed pumpkin!!!

Nana said...

Your pumpkin looks great, and your vacation photos are lovely. Tricia's family and mine enjoyed this recipe
very much and will be revisiting it again.

Kathy said...

Looks like you had a great vacation! Your pictures are lovely! We really enjoyed this one! Even my non squash loving crew! Your pumpkin looks great!

Ei said...

I agree--I think the type and staleness of the bread used makes a huge difference here. I baked a loaf with a good hard crust, and it held up pretty well, but my hub and I agreed that it wouldn't be as good if the bread was mushy.

Your vacation looks fab! Jealous!

Lizzy said...

WOW! So pretty with the white pumpkin :)

SoupAddict said...

Your vacation looked fab! It's been a while since I made this with bread, but I think I sauteed the bread until they were croutons to help them retain their shape. But anyway, the white pumpkin was so pretty in this dish!

Betsy said...

I hope you are relaxed and rested from your cruise. My bread was super stale (from last week) and moistened up nicely while baking. I like your white pumpkin. Quite different from Halloween orange.

Christy said...

Welcome back from vacation! Perfect pumpkin! Great photos!

Happy French Friday!

Cher said...

All is forgiven when one is in vacation mode. Just sayin'
Glad you had a great trip!

dulceshome.com said...

Yours looks wonderful. I switched mine up with Cajun cornbread dressing it was fun. Glad you had so much fun on your cruise. Great pics!

oneexpatslife said...

Very cool looking white pumpkin, sorry to hear that it was not a hit. My bread was also not stale enough when I went to make this so I toasted it in the oven for a few minutes before mixing it into the stuffing. It was delicious but I think I'm going to try rice next time.

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your holidays, the photos look like paradise.

acookingmizer said...

love your white pumpkin! it looks so whimsical and delicious!

DessertByCandy said...

Everything's better after vacation. :) The white skin of the pumpkin looks very dramatic against the bright orange flesh. What a delicious dish!

tricia s. said...

Your white pumpkin cooked just like mine did - it was so bright and study and then got sort of a mushroom color. It was fun to try both orange and white and more fun to try all the variations. I am definitely going to try rice next time. And your vacation photos looked stunning - how lovely. I know how tough that getting back into the swing of things can be after a trip but you managed beautifully !!