For your next special dinner, these stuffed baby pumpkins make an impressive side dish to a roast turkey, chicken or ham.
Plus they are so colorful and festive that they are certain to impress your guests.
4 baby pumpkins
1/6 cup vegetable stock or water
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon sage leaves, dried
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup bread crumbs, whole wheat
1/8 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional)
1/6 cup celery -- finely chopped
1/8 cup apricots, dried -- chopped
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes, grated
Soy sauce, low sodium to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice off the top 1/2 inch of each pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Bake pumpkins for 15 minutes. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat stock or water to simmering until onions are softened but not browned. Add garlic, sage, thyme, and bread crumbs. Cook, stirring, 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Lightly fill pumpkins with stuffing. (Any remaining stuffing may be baked separately in a lightly oiled baking dish.) Bake for 15 minutes, or until stuffing is lightly browned and heated through. Be careful not to overbake the pumpkins, because they will split.