7 Ways to Bake, Stuff, and Serve Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a quintessential fall item, which have a purpose that extends far beyond carving jack-o’-lanterns. They can become a meal’s centerpiece by being baked or stuffed, and can quickly make a dish more festive when used as a quaint serving bowl. The best part? Cooking with pumpkins is extraordinarily easy — just set aside a few extra minutes to scoop out the insides, and you’ll be well on your way to creating warm dinner and dessert dishes that are filled with the season’s best flavors. We love these seven pumpkin recipes — we’re confident you will, too!

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Sweet Pumpkin Dip

There is only one thing better than a stunningly sweet dip, and that’s when it is served in a pumpkin shell. If you’ve found yourself preparing a lot of seasonal dishes as of late, you should have many of these ingredients already stored away in your kitchen. Tablespoon explains how the creamy dish’s components balance each other out and “has just enough spices so that they aren’t overpowering.”

This recipe tastes just like pumpkin pie, particularly when it is served with cinnamon graham crackers. You can also pair this delicious dip with gingersnaps, crackers, or apples for an equally tasty treat. You don’t have to serve this dip in a pumpkin, but we encourage it — it’s just too cute to resist!

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Baked Pumpkins With Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cheese

Your family, friends, and dinner guests will love sitting down to their very own perfectly baked pumpkins. While this recipe may sound like a tough task to tackle before dinner, it is deceptively simple to make. All you need to do is prepare the veggies, empty and stuff your pumpkins, and bake. While your pumpkins are in the oven, follow Oh My Veggies’ advice and “devote your attention to your side dishes or pour yourself a glass of wine and join your guests.”

This dish is just as nutritious as it is delicious. Web MD explains that spinach is a low-calorie superfood that’s filled with vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, and antioxidants, meaning you can feel good after sitting down to this nutrient-rich supper.

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Pumpkin and Gourd Ice Cream Bowls

We agree with The Proper Pinwheel’s sentiments: “I love when October rolls around because that means the creameries whip out their pumpkin ice cream flavor. And it’s always delicious. And what makes pumpkin ice cream better? When you serve it in these hollowed pumpkin & gourd ice cream bowls.”

Using an assortment of mini pumpkins and gourds, a knife, a melon baller, and an ice cream scoop, you can easily prepare your own seasonal serving bowls. Whether you’re looking for a fun fall dish to serve at a party or you just want to create a cuter treat, you can’t go wrong with these pretty dessert dishes.

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Cinderella’s Pumpkin Soup

Transforming a plain pumpkin into a soothing bowl of soup has never been easier. Babble suggests using fresh pumpkin rather than canned puree in this recipe, because “there is no comparison to the rich, fresh flavor that you get from cooking the pumpkin itself.”

We recommend making this dish as quaint as possible by topping it off with roasted pumpkin seeds and serving it to your guests in individual pumpkins. Food doesn’t get more festive than this!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake-Stuffed Pumpkins

Cheesecake is certainly delicious by itself, but we’re confident it will taste even more decadent after you bake it inside a mini pumpkin. Plus, it only requires about 10 minutes of prep! Creme de la Crumb’s Tiffany Azure says, “It’s insanely easy to make and nothing screams IT’S FALL TIME like an adorable little pumpkin stuffed with creamy, whipped cream topped personal-sized pumpkin cheesecake.”

‘Tis certainly the season for this gourd-geous dish!

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Baked Pumpkin Stuffed With Bread and Cheese

Baking bread and cheese in a pumpkin creates a gratifyingly gooey dish that is perfect for chilly days. When Harry Met Salad describes this flavorful dish as both tasty and comforting. “Plus there’s garlic — deliciously mellow roasted garlic, lending its carmelized sweetness to the melted cheese and bubbling cream that soften the bread and flavor the pumpkin flesh.”

Before you stuff your pumpkin, it’s important to toast your baguette slices. Keep in mind: The crispier you can get them, the more likely they are to keep their crunchiness when baking in the pumpkin, which is exactly what you want.

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Pumpkin Pie Baked in a Pumpkin

“The concept behind this recipe is to reproduce what the ‘original’ American Pumpkin Pie might have been – pumpkin custard baked inside of a pumpkin,” says Fork & Bottle duo Jack and Joanne, who included this recipe in their Holiday Cooking with Kids series.

When preparing your palatable pie, it’s best to use a small pumpkin. Everything about this creative custard filling is perfect; it’s kid friendly, easy to make, and bursting with fantastic fall flavors.

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