I have only followed Dorie Greenspan's recipe for a pumpkin"Stuffed with Everything Good" once, and it was very good. Since then I have made multiple variations on the theme. I find that using a covered baking dish (e.g. a dutch oven or a covered pyrex dish) simplifies the cooking method because you do not have to worry about picking a pumpkin of the right size and carving it.
I admit that my "recipe" below is rather vague. It would be best to treat it as notes on what I did when diverging from the original recipe.
- 1 Butternut squash
- 1-1 1/2 cups of Cheddar cheese grated (other cheeses would work well too)
- a large crown of broccoli
- rice (I cooked one dry cup of brown and wild rice mixture, but used about 2/3 of the result)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1-2 cups of heavy cream
- salt and ground pepper to taste
- Start cooking rice. (I slightly undercooked it, because it would finish cooking in the oven.)
- Peel butternut squash, remove the seeds and cube it. (OR if you are like me and think that cutting or peeling a raw butternut squash is really hard, "PRE-bake" it first -- see my notes at the end of the recipe.)
- You can chop the broccoli and garlic, and grate the cheese while the butternut squash is baking and the rice is cooking.
- Once all of your ingredients are prepared, preheat the oven to 350F and butter your baking dish.
- Mix all the butternut squash, rice, broccoli, cheese, spices/herbs and garlic in a large bowl.
- Fill your baking dish with the mixture.
- Pour the heavy cream over the mixture. (I used about a cup and a half.)
- Sprinkle a little more cheese on top (optional)
- Cover and bake. The baking time will depend on how big your buttersquash was, and how much mixture you ended up with, on whether you precooked the butternut squash, on the size of your baking dish, etc. Start checking after 40 minutes. When the squash is almost cooked (can easily be pierced with a fork or a knife), bake the casserole for another 10-20 minutes uncovered to brown the top a little bit.
Serve with a salad as a main course, or as a hearty side dish.
Variations on the theme:
- Use chard or spinach instead of broccoli
- Use sweet potato instead of the butternut squash
- Use bread instead of rice, as the original recipe suggests
- Check out the "Bonne Idee" section of the original recipe for more possibilities
- Use a variety of different cheeses
PRE-baking the butternut squash:
- Preheat the oven to 400F
- Wash the butternut squash and pokes some holes in its skin with a fork
- Put it on a baking sheet (I cover the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup) and bake for about 20 minutes. (You may want to flip the squash in the oven after the first 10-15 minutes.) You want the squash to cook enough so that the outside gets a little softer making it easier to peel.