Beautiful pumpkin stuffed with a mixture of bread, bacon and cheese. Out-of-this-world amazing!!

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I am a huge fan of stuffed foods; peppers, eggplants, zucchini, and now pumpkin. I had never stuffed a pumpkin before, and now I am glad I did.

The stuffing for this pumpkin was absolutely delicious; stale bread, bacon, garlic, mozzarella and gruyere cheese, cream … mmm mmm mmm! Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good is a recipe that must be added to your pumpkin recipes collection.

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I just wish I had stuffed a bigger pumpkin – we could’ve used some more of this deliciousness, no doubt about that. 

If you are using a bigger pumpkin, make sure to make more stuffing. Just for reference, a 3-pound pumpkin should be enough for 4, unless you are my husband and I, then it should be enough for 2. icon biggrin French Fridays with Dorie: Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

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French Fridays with Dorie: Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good
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Beautiful pumpkin stuffed with a mixture of bread, bacon and cheese.
Serves: Serves 4
  • 1 whole 3-pound pumpkin
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ¼ pound day-old bread, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • ¼-pound Gruyere or Cheddar Cheese, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked to a desired crisp and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • ½-cup heavy cream
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. Using a knife, cut the top cap off the pumpkin.
  4. Clean out the seeds and strings inside the pumpkin.
  5. Season the inside with salt and fresh ground pepper and transfer the pumpkin to the previously prepared baking sheet.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the bread, cheese, garlic, bacon and thyme; toss to combine.
  7. Stuff the cheese mixture inside the prepared pumpkin.
  8. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and nutmeg; whisk until well combined.
  9. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper, and stir.
  10. Pour the heavy cream mixture over the stuffing.
  11. Cover the pumpkin with the cap that you previously cut off and bake for 90 minutes.
  12. Remove the cap off and continue to cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until pumpkin is tender and the mixture inside the pumpkin is bubbling.
  13. Carefully remove pumpkin from oven and let stand for 20 minutes.
  14. Cut and Serve.

Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan


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  1. Marsha @ The Harried Cook January 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM - Reply

    Ooooh this sounds absolutely delicious, Kate! I’ve have been away for a few months and am glad to come back to this! Can’t wait to look thru all the recipes I’ve missed! Happy New Year to you :) Didn’t comment on your latest post because I am not eligible for the draw, but it looks lovely! Congrats on the great giveaway…

  2. Gitte December 27, 2011 at 6:02 AM - Reply

    Sounds really great right about now, since I overdosed on chocolate during Christmas :)

  3. Gursahiba@ExquisiteNiche December 19, 2011 at 2:52 AM - Reply

    Hey Kate!
    Where have you dissappeared. Missing your lovely recipes. Hope to see you soon!

  4. CouponClippingCook December 16, 2011 at 1:42 AM - Reply

    wow, what a great idea to make this in a pumpkin. Looks sooo delish.

  5. Anca@Bistro Gerard November 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM - Reply

    I am also a big fan of stuffed vegetables, but have never tried stuffed pumpkin before. Yours looks gorgeous :-)

  6. claudia lamascolo November 29, 2011 at 5:45 AM - Reply

    Is everything ok? havent seen you post in awhile hope your doing well this looks awesome~

    • Kate@Diethood December 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM - Reply

      Hi Claudia!! I am doing well, thank you for asking!! I will be back soon…. some things came up and I had to take a break from blogging :(

  7. Katie @ Epicurean Mom November 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM - Reply

    This looks fabulous!! And love the presentation! :)

  8. Kristi Rimkus November 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM - Reply

    I can’t say I’ve every stuffed a pumpkin either, but I have two sitting on my counter. Now I know what to do with them!

  9. Durante November 18, 2011 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    I love this idea, I’ve never had a stuffed pumpkin but I’ve heard it’s incredible, perhaps I should break out of my bubble and give something like this a try, it really looks delicious! Course my kids wouldn’t try it.

  10. Carolyn November 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM - Reply

    Kate, are you okay? Haven’t seen you around in a while and I wanted to make sure everything was alright.

  11. Baking Serendipity November 8, 2011 at 9:38 PM - Reply

    The Halloween party I went to last weekend had a version of this and it was, hands down, the best dish there. I’d never seen a stuffed pumpkin before, but I’m absolutely committed to recreating it :) Yours looks delicious as well! PS: I have a holiday giveaway going on right now!

  12. Megan @ Pip and Ebby November 5, 2011 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    Wanted to let you know that I sent an award your way! :)

  13. Geni November 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM - Reply

    This looks so fantastic, beautiful and totally of the season. So impressive! :) Thanks to Eat,Play,Love for sending me here!

  14. Emily Malloy @Cleanliness November 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM - Reply


    ^that was my jaw on the desk.

  15. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence November 2, 2011 at 7:05 PM - Reply

    Mmmm cheese, bacon and bread. That IS everything good!

  16. Megan @ Pip and Ebby November 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM - Reply

    A stuffed pumpkin…brilliant! Wow this looks delicious. Gotta try..

  17. Angie @ Bigbearswife November 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM - Reply

    that is a pumpkin stuffed with everything! yum!

  18. PolaM November 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    I never thought of stuffing a pumpkin. Now somehow is all I can think about ;)!

  19. Elin November 1, 2011 at 3:19 AM - Reply

    Kate….Glad you like it too. Truly a delicious dish :) I am going to make this again :)

  20. kankana October 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM - Reply

    This is a great idea but i am wondering for how long you have to bake !!

  21. claudia October 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM - Reply

    I am headed to the cookbook now. I stuff myself with more stuffed foods – but this is so enticing – it’ worth the calories!

  22. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh October 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM - Reply

    I know it’s not polite to drool but….drooooool!

  23. Karen October 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM - Reply

    Oh my…everything in that pumpkin sounds heavenly! Can’t go wrong with ingredients like that.

  24. Alice October 31, 2011 at 8:08 AM - Reply

    glad you enjoyed it! your pictures are great!

  25. Rose October 31, 2011 at 8:04 AM - Reply

    Agreed, this one was delicious. And so simple, why in the world didn’t someone think of this sooner?

  26. Charlie October 30, 2011 at 10:08 PM - Reply

    This looks amazing! I love stuffed anything ;).

  27. Sandra October 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    Never in my life have I heard of stuffed pumpkin. Great idea Kate and Congratulations on Top 9!

  28. Happy When Not Hungry October 30, 2011 at 7:26 PM - Reply

    This looks fantastic and perfect for autumn!

  29. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking October 30, 2011 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    Kate, your stuffed pumpkin looks absolutely awsome!! We are used to stuff pumpkin like that with dried and candied fruits and nuts over here, but I am sure this version is great too!!! Oh, and congrats on top 9!!!

    Cheers :)

  30. Becky October 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM - Reply

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!Your stuffed pumpkin is gorgeous, with all of that bread, bacon, and cheese. I have made stew in a pumpkin, but never stuffing.

  31. Feast on the Cheap October 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM - Reply

    Wow, what a bowlful!

  32. Angie@Angiesrecipes October 30, 2011 at 12:00 AM - Reply

    A perfect autumn recipe. I love the stuffing too.

  33. Ann October 29, 2011 at 10:39 PM - Reply

    I love this one. I think it’s my all time favorite dorie dish….

  34. Confessions of a Culinary Diva October 29, 2011 at 10:07 PM - Reply

    This was an amazing dish, and loved your post!

    Happy French WEekend!

  35. Juju October 29, 2011 at 8:50 PM - Reply

    This looks amazing, Kate!! I love the different ingredients are put together, and the pictures look so appetizing!! Great job =]

  36. Cher October 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM - Reply

    This was great fun – I didn’t care if I had to shove everything in to fit – there was no way I was going to miss out on one bit of stuffing.
    Have a great weekend.

  37. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    I just have to try this, it’s been calling my name!

  38. Cookin' Canuck October 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    I’ve been seeing all of these stuffed pumpkins around the web and must say I am extremely tempted to try this recipe. Sounds wonderful!

  39. Tiffany October 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM - Reply

    Everything good is right!

  40. SoupAddict October 28, 2011 at 8:33 PM - Reply

    Love that last photo – so pretty!

  41. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 28, 2011 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    I love this idea! The filling alone sounds so good!

  42. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch) October 28, 2011 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    looks amazing. I loved stuffed veggies. have a wonderful weekend!

  43. Lindsey@Lindselicious October 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    Love this! I love stuffed things, I made something like this last year- but I love the stuff you popped in there.

  44. Liz October 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    I felt the same way, Kate…I was nervous about liking this one…but I wanted MORE when it was gone. Beautiful photos as always :) Have a great weekend, my friend~

  45. Eileen October 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM - Reply

    I’m still eating leftovers, and loving every bite of it. I love everyone’s variations. Mozzarella sounds good. I feel like I could spend of the year making this one recipe over and over, in different ways. Yours looks great!

  46. Trix October 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    This was a definite hit with me too! I used rice and turkey kielbasa and it was easily enough for an entree. Yum is right!

  47. Wow, this does look delicious. I’ve never roasted a pumpkin either, but I’m going to try soon. The cheese combination sounds perfect.

  48. Elin October 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    Kate….I enjoyed every bite of it…so flavorful with the cheese and bacon and stale bread and everything good in it…aptly titled :) Yours looks good too ! Beautiful pictures which will make yur readers want to make them too :) Great job!

  49. Priyanka October 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    Cute idea….Liked it

  50. 5 Star Foodie October 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM - Reply

    This is fun! Love your filling here.

  51. Adriana October 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM - Reply

    I love stuffing avocados too! Add them to your to-try list. Your dish looks lovely – I hope you find your large, Great Pumpkin. ;)

  52. Kristy October 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM - Reply

    Oh my gosh! This has to be my favorite recipe posted this week. Seriously?! Stale bread, mozzarella, garlic, bacon and Gruyere?! I don’t know if there could be a more delicious combination?! Thanks Kate! I’m definitely making this one – and SOON. :)

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