Carving a pumpkin for the holiday is all well and good, except for one thing: it’s a waste of a perfectly good gourd. Many pumpkins, while festive sitting on your porch, are really meant to be eaten. So rather than carve your pumpkin this year, we have a recommendation: stuff it. (Of course, first be sure that the pumpkins at your pumpkin patch are suitable for eating.)
Stuffed pumpkins are just as festive as carved ones, AND you get to eat them. Win, win. There are many ways to stuff a pumpkin ― with savory things, sweet things and the comfiest of food things. For a little inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started on your stuffing adventure.
- You can turn tiny pumpkins into adorable, individual-servings of wild rice.Half Baked Harvest
- One genius idea is to stuff a pumpkin with STUFFING.Oh My Veggies
- You can use it in place of a bowl for serving pumpkin soup. This is a real nice touch.Half Baked Harvest
- You can fit a whole dinner in one.Heather Christo
- Use the gourd to make a fall-inspired dessert.Creme de la Crumb
- Or, you could do the best thing in the world and stuff it with mac and cheese.Cooking on the Side