Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner

United States Recipe!A gluten-free Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner is a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving table.

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner

As this time of year starts rolling around, I start practicing on different recipes for what I will make for Thanksgiving Day.

There is a rule that I follow for the holidays – DO NOT TRY A NEW RECIPE ON THAT DAY! When you have 20 people coming to your home for dinner and something does not come out right, I assure you everyone will notice. I have done this before and it was not pretty.


The other trick I learned was practicing on my side dishes to see which one I will like the best. This is a little selfish on my part because I love food and like to make sure I’m excited about my own meal not just for everyone else.


I think that is the problem some people have in cooking. They cook what others will like verses what they would love to eat. I assure you if you love, they will too.


My favorite part about this time of year is pumpkin. I love this wonderful vegetable so much I like trying out a new recipe to see if I can enhance this beautiful vegetable.


The deep orange color brightness any plate but most of all the natural sweetness is a delightful combination to any protein you serve. This dish is very easy to make but it is full of flavor and perfect to serve with a turkey for Thanksgiving.


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Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner is a perfect side dish for the table. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving side
Servings: 6
Calories: 452 kcal
  • 1 medium pumpkin cut in half
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • ¼ cup of pinenuts
  • 1 cup of peas
  • cup of chopped parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp of garlic salt
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil
  1. Cook 1 cup of rice to packages instructions.
  2. Cut your pumpkin in half and scrape the seeds out until nice and clean.
  3. Poke holes in the shell with a fork, about 5 times.
  4. Coat the inside of the shell with olive oil and the pan to cook the pumpkins.
  5. Season the inside of the pumpkin.
  6. Turn shell down on the pan and put in the oven for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
  7. Chop your large onion and saute in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  8. Take the onions out and place them in a large bowl.
  9. Saute you ground beef and season. Sprinkle chopped parsley when beef is half done.
  10. Once it’s done, drain fat from the beef and place in the bowl with onions.
  11. Toast your pine nuts in the pan and place in the bowl.
  12. Place more of the parsley in the bowl.
  13. Pour your rice into the bowl and mix everything together.
  14. Take your pumpkin out and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  15. Spoon your rice in each shell of the pumpkin until they are full.
  16. Sprinkle more season on top and a little parsley on top.
  17. Once your done make a teepee of aluminum foil and place on top of the stuffed pumpkins.
  18. Place into the oven and cook for about 1 hour.
  19. Check the pumpkin and see if the shell is soft with a fork.
  20. Then place uncovered for another 30 minutes until the top is all crispy.
  21. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Savory Stuffed Pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.3g 27%
Saturated Fat 4.1g 21%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 45.7g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7.5g 30%
Sugars 8g
Protein 29.3g 59%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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