Harvest Cranberry, Persimmon and Burrata Salad.
Hehe. Mini Pumpkins. Don’t they just make you want to smile?!
Cutest little foods ever! I can’t believe I’d never cooked with them until now…all the years I have been missing out on their cuteness!
Here’s the deal, I currently have a cat sleeping across my arms, cause Snape (my little black cat that you probably see way too much of on Snapchat) likes to be touching me at all times. I have a cool cat, he is semi-annoying and WILL NOT stay off the counters while I am cooking. He acts like I don’t feed him and goes for things like butter, pumpkin puree and raw chicken (eewwwww). He’s also spilled my full cup of hot coffee multiple times now. Luckily only once did it spill on ME and luckily, it was almost gone.
Why all the talk about my cat? Well for one, he’s the best, and totally becoming my best friend. You see, I never leave my kitchen and am constantly covered in flour and or chocolate and or grease (ahh the advantages of being covered in food). Plus, I have completely annoyed the heck out of my mother with too much “work talk” (cause I love what I do a little too much and too intensely). So Snape it is, he doesn’t like to leave my side, and while I am photographing recipes, he snuggles in the pile of linens that I have in the open drawer of my pantry table. When I am typing on the computer he’s on my lap or laying across my arms on the desk. Yep, we’re buds for sure!
Anyway, the point of all this cat ramble was supposed to be that Snape is obsessed with these mini pumpkins. Well, more like very interested in them. A few weeks back my dad was down in Denver and picked me up around twenty-five of these little mini pumpkins. Ever since they made it into the kitchen, Snape can’t stop messing with them. He’ll roll them around with his paws, jump all over them and basically entertain himself for a good hour just messing around with the little mini pumpkins.
He’s kind of a freak. But aren’t all cats???
But really, I get why he’s into them. For the millionth time today, they really are the cutest!
Ok, and it helps that they are delicious when roasted. Especially when roasted and stuffed with wild rice.
SOO, can you believe I made yet another super healthy dish for my Thanksgiving feast?!?! I think I am just trying to save all the butter for my mashers, and the cheese for my appetizers, and the sugar for my pies.
They may be healthy, but I’m still totally into them, cause we’re talkin really good food here.
These Stuffed Mini Pumpkins are my favorite! Aside from good old white rice, wild rice is one of my favorite grains. I love its nutty and earthy flavors + textures. I ramped up the nuttiness in this mix with some pecans and also added some shredded brussels sprouts, dried cranberries and OK, just maybe a little manchego cheese, because really, you gotta have just a little cheese!
This is such a simple dish to make, but full of so much flavor. It was a huge hit with everyone…well, everyone in our family who eats orange things like pumpkin. So basically me. Dad. And maybe mom. Actually, mom was into these because wild rice is her thing. Really any carb is her thing, and she’d be the first to tell you that.
This is a such a fun side dish for the Thanksgiving table. You can even make it into more of a main for your vegetarian OR vegan guests (just omit the cheese for vegan eaters).
AND, they also double as a centerpiece too. Obviously you want to serve these warm and all, but they look pretty dang nice on a Thanksgiving dinner table. Just saying.
Double and… you can make this whole dish a few days in advance and then just throw the dish in the oven before dinner. Making your life like SO much easier come Thanksgiving Day, or whatever day it is that you plan on serving these.
Finally, did I mention how healthy these are?!? Healthy and delicious. Cool!
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Almost too cute to eat…but not really.
These look really cute but how do you eat them? Is one pumpkin a serving or do you cut them in half to serve them? Do you eat the pumpkin, skin and all or just the stuffing?
You just eat it right out of the pumpkin as if it is a bowl:) I hope you love the recipe! Let me know if you give it a try! xx
Will these still taste good if I omit the pecans?
Yes! It will still be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan
These look amazing!!If making ahead, would you do the first roast on the pumpkins before too, or wait until day of?
Hey Ashley! You can roast the pumpkins the day before. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan
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Hi CJ! Thank you for letting me know. I will see whats up with that!
Hi, the recipe says 1/4 apple cider. Is that 1/4 cup?
HI! Yes, it is 1/4 cup. Recipe fixed! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan
I made these as a vegetarian main dish for Thanksgiving. Even the carnivores loved them! The only change I made was to cut them in half the long way. Thank you for a dish that is delicious and beautiful on the table!
Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The pumpkins I bought were not mini’s but medium size because it was all they had at my Giant. My problem is that they are pointed on the bottom and will tilt over. can i cut the bottom to make it flat?
So sorry for the delay. Hope you figured everything out and had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Hi Tieghan, This looks great. Wondering, can I sub quinoa for the wild rice? Thanks, Stacy
HI! Yes, I think quinoa will be delicious! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
I love your recipes!! I was wondering if I’m going to serve these with the tops slightly on like the pic do I need to roast them as well? If so would it be the same amount of time? Also I’ve never heard of nor can I find manchego cheese. What other cheese would you recommend? I’ve got 15 children ages 12 & under coming for Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to see their faces when they each get their own pumpkin!! I’ll be the best Nana EVER..!!
Thank you!! Yes, roast the tops, but roast them a little shorter since they are smaller, maybe 20 minutes or so? And use parmesan cheese in place of the manchego. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you! 🙂
I had big plans to makes these as a Thanksgiving side, but I can’t find mini pumpkins any where. I guess i’ll just be making the rice!
Oh man! 🙁
You could stuff the rice into acorn squash halves too. That would be great! Happy Thanksgiving!!
I now have my Thanksgiving menu for a group of us “plant based lifestylers.” These baby pumpkins will looks gorgeous on the table along with roasted string bean salad and my favorite Marion berry/apple crumble. A local red wine and champagne with dessert and we’re all set. Who said whole food plant based meals were boring?
I plan on doing the cornbread recipe soon along with the chickpea meatloaf and roasted brussels sprouts. I bookmarked the page and sent links to three friends.
Thanks heaps HBH.
Oh wow! Your thanksgiving sounds amazing!
Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!
I made a large stuffed pumpkin a couple years back and it specified a pie pumpkin. Is there a particular type of mini pumpkin needed for these? Thanks!
Hey Anna! These are called small sugar pumpkins, they are hand held. Let me know if you have any other questions!