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Stuffed Pumpkin


This Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe with Buckwheat, Bacon, Apple, Bread, and Olive Oil is the best side dish for any party!

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1 pound pumpkin 450 g
1 oz bacon 25 g
1 onion(s)
1 apple(s) red, sweet
2 cloves garlic
3 pieces bread 2 oz (50 g)
1 carrot(s)
3 sprigs parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil
to taste salt
to taste fresh cracked pepper
6 tablespoons buckwheat
1 cup water

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1 slice
Serving Size
5.9 g
11 g
30.5 g
2.3 g
Saturated Fat
12.2 g
8 mg
6.1 g
302 mg
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      About the Recipe


      This Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe with Buckwheat, Bacon, Apple, Bread, and Olive Oil is the best side dish for any party! This is a very delicious dish and even picky eaters will be happy to dig in and try it!

      Stuffed Pumpkin in a pan.

      This stuffed pumpkin combines the earthy warmth of pumpkin, the nuttiness of buckwheat, the smokiness of bacon, the sweetness of apple, and the richness of olive oil. This Stuffed Pumpkin recipe is a celebration of flavors and textures that will elevate your dining experience.

      What is the best season to make this recipe?

      The Stuffed Pumpkin recipe is a versatile delight that can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, I really enjoy making it during the fall season when pumpkins are in abundance.

      What are the health benefits of this dish?

      Beyond its delectable taste, this Stuffed Pumpkin dish boasts numerous health benefits. Pumpkin is a rich source of vitamins A and C, promoting eye health and a robust immune system. On the contrary, buckwheat provides a gluten-free alternative, packed with essential nutrients like fiber and protein. Apples contribute antioxidants, while olive oil offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Even the bacon, when enjoyed in moderation, adds a savory touch and a dose of protein.

      Where can I buy the required ingredients?

      To ensure the success of your Stuffed Pumpkin creation, it is important to prepare all ingredients beforehand. Local farmers’ markets, specialty grocery stores, and organic food shops are excellent places to find fresh pumpkins, crisp apples, artisanal bacon, and premium olive oil. For buckwheat and bread, you may explore well-stocked supermarkets or health food stores.

      Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

      Of course, if you want to make substitutions, consider acorn or butternut squash instead of pumpkin, turkey bacon for a leaner option, or whole-grain bread to enhance the dish’s nutritional flavor.

      Experimenting with different apple varieties can also add interesting flavor dimensions. I personally enjoy grabbing fuji or gala apples. They are both sweet and very juicy. They work perfectly with pumpkins.

      Ready Stuffed Pumpkin in a pan with a foil.

      Can I make this dish part of a menu?

      Absolutely! This Stuffed Pumpkin recipe can be the star of a festive dinner party or a cozy family gathering.

      For an appetizer, you can start with a slice of Bacon Quiche.

      You can prepare Honey Baked Turkey Breast, or Veal Patties as your main.

      Then, serve my exquisite Apple Cinnamon Cake. Amazing!

      Which drinks pair well with this dish?

      To complement the robust flavors of the Stuffed Pumpkin, you can choose a medium-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or a light red like Pinot Noir.

      If you prefer non-alcoholic options, a sparkling apple cider or a ginger-infused iced tea can enhance the dining experience.

      How long can I store the leftovers?

      While this dish is best enjoyed fresh, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

      Reheat in the oven to maintain the crispness of the pumpkin and the flavors of the stuffing.

      Recipe tips & tricks:

      1. Cook the buckwheat in water before adding it to the pumpkin to enhance its flavor.
      2. Experiment with different varieties of apples for varied sweetness levels. Red apples are the best, they are juicy and sweet.
      3. Serve the dish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction for an extra layer of complexity.

      The Stuffed Pumpkin recipe with buckwheat, bacon, apple, bread, and olive oil is a truly delightful side dish that combines the best of seasonal ingredients.

      My stuffed pumpkin recipe is a comforting weeknight meal and delivers both flavor and nutrition.

      Stuffed Pumpkin in a pan.

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      2 min

      Gather ingredients

      Gather all ingredients on a table. Wash and peel vegetables.

      2 min

      Prepare pumpkin

      Wash pumpkin. Cut a top of the pumpkin. Get rid of the pumpkin seeds so the pumpkin is empty inside.

      3 min

      Prepare other ingredients

      Chop 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 carrot and 1 apple. Slice 2 pieces of bacon (reserve one piece of bacon to cover the stuffing), slice bread into small pieces and chop parsley. Place bread, olive oil, parsley to a big bowl.

      5 min

      Cook buckwheat & prepare stuffing

      Add 1 cup of water and 6 tablespoons of buckwheat to a pot over medium heat. Cook buckwheat, until it is half ready. Place a pan on a stove, add chopped bacon to a pan and sauté. Also add chopped vegetables to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes. After, transfer cooked stuffing to a bowl with bread and parsley. Mix everything together.

      1 min

      Finish stuffing

      Mix ready stuffing with half ready buckwheat in a bowl, so all ingredients are mixed together.

      2 min

      Stuff pumpkin

      Stuff pumpkin with the stuffing, cover with a piece of bacon.

      45 min

      Cover and bake

      Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Cover pumpkin with a top of pumpkin. Cover tray with a foil. Place pumpkin on a tray. Bake it for 45 minutes on 375°F (190°C).

      1 min


      Your stuffed pumpkin is ready. Enjoy!



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