Baked Stuffed Hokkaido Pumpkin | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

A beautiful whole baked Hokkaido filled with ground beef, pumpkin seeds, shiitake mushrooms, ricotta, herb and spices. It’s delicious, remarkably easy and can be prepared in advance. The filling should be for enough for either two mini Hokkaido pumpkins or a large one. If you have too much filling left, bake a casserole! 
Inspired by Essen und Trinken

  • 1 Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 20 g Dried shiitake
  • 3 tbsp Corn oil
  • 2 Shallots
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds, finely chopped
  • 6 Allspice, finely crushed
  • 3 Juniper berries, finely crushed
  • 2 tbsp Thyme leaves
  • 400 g Ground beef
  • 3 tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Large egg
  • 50 g Ricotta
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Cut off top of pumpkin to make a lid and spoon out the seeds and pulp. Rub the inside with some salt. Place, cut side down, on a piece of kitchen paper, for 30 minutes.
  2. Soak the dried shiitake in a bowl of warm water for 15 minutes until softened. Squeeze out the water and finely chop the shiitake. Finely dice the shallots.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Heat 2 tablespoons of corn oil in a skillet. Add in chopped shallots, shiitake, allspice, juniper berries, pumpkin seeds and thyme. Cook until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place the ground beef,breadcrumbs, egg, ricotta, and shiitake mixture in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until all the ingredients are well blended.
  5. Fill the pumpkin with ground beef mixture and place on a baking tray together with the lid. Brush the pumpkin with 1 tablespoon of corn oil. Bake at the 2nd rack from bottom for an hour. About 10 minutes before the pumpkin has finished baking, cover with aluminum foil. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Unknown 25/10/11 19:36

Perfectly baked and right on time for the season Angie...


Three-Cookies 25/10/11 19:38

Looks nice and delicious, and unusual to see something other than brownies, cakes etc

Rosa's Yummy Yums 25/10/11 19:59

That is a wonderful idea! I bet the stuffing is moist and extremely soft. Yummy!



Torviewtoronto 25/10/11 20:00

delicious presentation looks wonderful

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 25/10/11 20:02

Just gorgeous! I made my first stuffed pumpkin yesterday for this week's French Fridays with Dorie...I was surprised how fabulous it was. I'd love to try your version, too :)

Biren @ Roti n Rice 25/10/11 20:03

Looks so delicious and flavorful! I am also into squash and pumpkin recipes :)

Santosh Bangar 25/10/11 21:05

wow what a nice idea of stuffing pumpkin .fantastic!!!

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks 25/10/11 21:35

What a great idea! I love stuffed vegetables! Your stuffed pumpkin looks gorgeous, and the stuffing must be very tasty!

Unknown 25/10/11 21:37

that is so cool, and the filling sounds wonderful

Unknown 25/10/11 21:46

Lovely delicious and flavorful.

Geni 25/10/11 21:58

Angie, you always come up with the most beautiful, unusual and scrumptious looking things! This one is breathtaking.

nancy at good food matters 25/10/11 22:36

really beautiful, and I can modify your recipe to appeal to the vegetarians in my household. Inspired!

jasna varcakovic 25/10/11 22:38 beautiful look! I suppose other pumpkins can be stuffed in the same way - Hokkaidos are rare here.

Belinda @zomppa 25/10/11 23:11

Oh! I think I will have try!

Elisabeth 25/10/11 23:31

Angie-this is so gorgeous! What a spectacular presentation of the whole pumpkins...stuffing is incredible, as well. I have never made stuffed whole pumpkins, this truly is an inspiration for Thanksgiving menu!
Thanks for always, another great unusual recipe!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 25/10/11 23:52

What a great presentation idea! I love this type of pumpkin, too.

Christine's Pantry 26/10/11 00:32

Beautiful. Presentation looks wonderful.

OohLookBel 26/10/11 00:50

The vibrant colour of the pumpkin is beautiful. I've never heard of baking meat in a pumpkin before, but it does look very tasty =)

Gina Stanley 26/10/11 01:40

I want to make this really soon, I've seen a couple different filling, but I really like the ground beef idea, sounds pretty easy. Hope you are having a great week.

tasteofbeirut 26/10/11 01:52

This is much easier to make and a great alternative to kibbeh with pumpkin!

Anna 26/10/11 02:43

Creative presentation...what makes this a lot better is that while being baked, there is constant mixing of flavors since all the ingredients come together, enclosed in another flavorful container. Great job on using corn oil for the pumpkin not to dry up. Corn oil is great for the skin and hair. Thanks for the post!

Ana Regalado 26/10/11 02:59

Somebody's drooling here :D Really spot on for this season . Send some of that here hahaha

Megan @ Foodalution 26/10/11 03:09

Hello dear! Thank you for always posting such wonderful, wonderful foods and recipes! I always feel at home here!

Marguerite 26/10/11 03:18

Looks divine and such a beautiful presentation,too! Thanks for stopping by!

Velva 26/10/11 03:45

Angie, this looks divine. Just beautiful. Wow.


yummylittlecooks 26/10/11 04:21

Lovely presentation, looks so delicious and flavourful..

lisa is cooking 26/10/11 04:48

I love the look of baked, stuffed pumpkins! And, the stuffing must have been delicious with the tender, cooked pumpkin.

Kumi 26/10/11 05:36

What a gorgeous and hearty-looking stuffed pumpkin! This is definitely going on my list of must-try!

kitchen flavours 26/10/11 05:43

Looks so delicious and so elegant! Guests would go WOW over these!

Anonymous 26/10/11 06:29

Angie - these are absolutely stunning! My mouth fell open when I saw these - incredible! Buzzed!

Anonymous 26/10/11 08:24

I love the idea of stuffed pumpkins - hope I can find some mini ones here. We stuffed peppers last night for dinner and I saw another recipe for stuffed pumpkin today too - must be a case of great minds.
Have a super day Angie.
:-) Mandy

tania@mykitchenstories 26/10/11 08:27

The pumpkin looks so beautiful and orange. I love pumpkin and shitakes.

Simple cake recipes 26/10/11 10:16

this pumpkin look amazing, I imagine the filling is flavored so nice from the pumpkin ...:X

Anonymous 26/10/11 11:51

This looks absolutely delicious. I will definitely be trying this recipe - the combination of ground beef and ricotta sounds great.

Jo 26/10/11 15:14

What an awesome recipe and I absolutely love every single photo as well. The colours and presentation is brilliant!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 26/10/11 15:35

This looks so delicious because I am a big fan of pumpkin and squash. What a beautiful presentation!

lena 26/10/11 16:35

this is something new to me and it sounds so fascinating , just like the way it looks!!

Eliotseats 26/10/11 17:07

I love all pumpkin/squash dishes. Fall is my favorite time of year b/c of all the local produce (like squash/pumpkin) that is around. Because of the spices and mushrooms in this dish I bet it would make a great good old meatloaf too.

WendyinKK 26/10/11 17:17

interesting indeed... too bad my hubby don't like anything with pumpkins.

Eva@ 26/10/11 17:53

What a festive looking dish, Angie. Greg posted a stuffed pumpkin recipe on his blog too...sounds like a great dinner for Halloween night.

Cheah 26/10/11 18:14

Wow, this is gorgeous, Angie!

Only Fish Recipes 26/10/11 18:26

stuffed pumpkin....what an innovative idea!!! absolutely loved your recipe!

Gloria Baker 26/10/11 18:44

Angie, look absolutely nice! gloria

Faith 26/10/11 20:01

This is the perfect autumn dinner, Angie! Beautiful filling and a stunning presentation!

Unknown 26/10/11 20:40

That is a cool recipe.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 26/10/11 23:07

This looks absolutely delicious! And so perfect for the season.

Lorraine 27/10/11 00:09

This looks really delicious! Wonderful presentation:)

Lisa H. 27/10/11 04:06

Wow... lovely pumpkin, I love baked pumpkins :D

the food dude 27/10/11 05:09

Wow, this looks really delicious, and the photos are great!

vianney 27/10/11 05:45

Angie this is stunning, I can imagin the stuffing absorbs so much pumpkin flavor!! yummy!

Unknown 27/10/11 07:44

Sounds very intesrseting and looks yummy too

FOODESSA 27/10/11 12:57

Stuffings are always going into some cavity waiting to lull it into something incredibly appetizing.
Angie, you've created a very inspiring visual accompanied by great ingredients. Grazie ;o)

Have a wonderful weekend,

Joanne 27/10/11 12:59

Stuffed pumpkins always make for such gorgeous presentations! Delicious!

Ashley@Bakerbynature 27/10/11 15:27

What a stunning center piece meal, Angie! You never cease to amaze me with your gorgeous photos and delicious creations.

Lilly 27/10/11 16:40

A pumpkin stuffed with goodies! JUM!! Looking at the pictures my mouth just starts to water and I can almost smell it. Great fall dish.

Kiran @ 27/10/11 17:18

Mmmm.. I love pumpkin! This is one delicious looking recipe. So drool-worthy :)

I love your food photography and props :)

Kim 27/10/11 18:13

What a beautiful meal. Would a sugar pumpkin work? I don't see why not... lol, I am answering my own questions..

Kim 27/10/11 18:22

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog... and answer the question that I already answered, LOL I really can be a dingbat....

Sylvia@peachesanddonuts 27/10/11 21:54

This looks beautiful! Love the colours!

tinyskillet 27/10/11 22:01

Oh my I want to try this! Amazing!

Kelly 27/10/11 23:00

The roasted pumpkin is simply gorgeous - but the filling also excites - full of warming, hearty ingredients. Fabulous, as always, Angie.

Jill | Dulce Dough 28/10/11 02:46

So beautiful! I need to give this a try!

Reeni 28/10/11 02:47

This is gorgeous Angie! So festive for the season! And it sounds absolutely delicious.

Sook 28/10/11 05:48

You always have wonderful ideas, Angie! Love the idea of a stuffed pumpkin! Yum!

Victor 28/10/11 07:22

I never heard of these pumpkins, look great for stuffing. Definitely a good idea.

Beth 28/10/11 10:59

What an adorable way to serve this dish! I'm sure that when you brought them to the table, you heard a lot of praise. Sounds delicious too!

Barbara 28/10/11 13:30

I love this idea, Angie. Looks and sounds delicious and what a super presentation!

Sanjeeta kk 28/10/11 16:47

What a wonderful idea to bake the whole pumpkin. Very creative indeed.

Javelin Warrior 28/10/11 18:05

This post is so fetish-worthy, I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

Mary Bergfeld 28/10/11 20:44

This looks and sounds delicious. I know I would love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chandani Shrestha 28/10/11 21:13

Thanks Angie. Now I know what to do with the pumpkins I used for decoration.

Peggy 28/10/11 22:08

This sounds like the perfect savory pumpkin dish =)

kankana 28/10/11 23:13

That is like a meal on it's own! So creative and can be presented so beautifully.

Claudia 29/10/11 03:46

Can I do this with a regular pie pumpkin? (Am thinking yes.) This is autumn gorgeous Angie! And easy and flavorful!

Tiffany 29/10/11 17:52

As usual, your photos are AMAZING!

La Cuisine d'Helene 29/10/11 19:01

That presentation is delicious looking. Nice, vibrant pictures. Have a great week-end!

Lora 29/10/11 22:50

Beautiful and such gorgeous presentation!

Anonymous 30/10/11 08:22

MMMMMMMM,...Angie! I so much love your tasty & inspirationel autumnal filled pumpkin! the result looks so amazing & truly appetizing too!

Yummie food! Great for entertaining too!

My Little Space 31/10/11 07:53

Oh my, the colour of the pumpkin looks so beautiful. I bet your hubby will love this till he's drop. haha....

The Duo Dishes 31/10/11 19:57

Dinner in a pumpkin. This is cute for individual servings with the little sugar pie pumpkins. :)

tigerfish 31/10/11 22:18

I bet the flavors of the stuffing combined within the pumpkin must be so well-balanced and flavorful!

PolaM 1/11/11 15:29

I never thought of stuffing a pumpkin! It sounds like a delicious idea!

Jennie 7/11/11 16:17

This is such a gorgeous way to use pumpkin Angie. It looks and sounds amazing.

Justine 8/11/11 22:10

Perfect! I have one more pumpkin left from our CSA, and I was getting tired of soups and breads. Thanks for this!

Found you from Monet's Anecdotes and Apple Cores ... what a lovely blog!

charlotte catering services 9/11/11 21:36

This idea is so alluring!!
I usually cook this kind of meal with stuffed tomatoes instead, I would have never had the idea to replace it by a pumpkin!
You really are talented!

OysterCulture 14/11/11 01:10

I am not sure if I have ever had a Hokkaido pumpkin but this dish just looks and sounds delicious. I love the use of the mushrooms.

Vicki Bensinger 21/10/12 14:43

Just looking up this pumpkin to see its sizes since I wasn't familiar with the name in the recipe you posted today and saw this one you made as well. Many of us did Dorie's recipe around this time last year but love how you turned it into a full meal. Beautiful and sounds delicious!

Caroline Taylor 11/8/14 20:25

Oooh I've not seen pumpkin stuffed like this before, great idea!

Nippon Nin 12/8/14 00:59

I don't think we get Hokkaido pumpkin super market here...I have to find the seeds. This looks so wonderful! Very artistic!

FLAVZCORNER 14/8/14 21:35

Beautiful preparation!!! Loved the look of baked pumpkin.

judee 12/9/14 12:47

I love the presentation and the idea of stuffing the pumpkin. How perfect for a fall dinner party! I'll have to research what a Hokkaido pumpkin is. I definitely want to try this


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