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Sausage-Stuffed Pumpkins

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours

Makes

8 servings

Baking a meal in a pumpkin is such a fun fall idea! To serve the dish, cut the pumpkin into wedges, giving each person both pumpkin and stuffing. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sausage-Stuffed Pumpkins Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 medium pie pumpkins (2-1/2 pounds each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water, rice, bouillon and curry powder to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 45-50 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion and shallots until vegetables are tender, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Reduce heat; add the currants, broth, poultry seasoning, sage and marjoram. Return sausage to the pan. Cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat; stir in rice.
  4. Wash pumpkins; cut a 3-in. circle around each stem. Remove tops and set aside. Remove and discard loose fibers; save seeds for another use. Prick inside each pumpkin with a fork; sprinkle with salt and garlic powder. Stuff with sausage mixture; replace tops.
  5. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish; add 1/2 in. water. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Cover loosely with foil; bake 45-50 minutes longer or until tender. Cut each pumpkin into 4 wedges to serve.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 337 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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