Embrace the rich flavors of the season with our Autumn's Bounty Stuffed Pumpkins. These petite sugar pumpkins are filled to the brim with a delectable combination of tender rice, a medley of fall vegetables, and a delightful crunch from roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas). This savory and visually stunning dish captures the essence of fall and is perfect for any harvest gathering or cozy family dinner.
Ingredients (with pumpkin seeds):
- 4 small sugar pumpkins (also known as pie pumpkins)
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup mixed fall vegetables (e.g., diced butternut squash, diced apples, cranberries, or chopped kale)
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme or sage (or a combination)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas), roasted and unsalted
- 2 tablespoons melted butter (for brushing)
Instructions (with pumpkin seeds):
- Follow the same steps as in the previous recipe, including prepping the pumpkins, preheating the air fryer, cooking the rice, and preparing the mixed fall vegetables.
- When you mix the rice, vegetables, nuts, and grated Parmesan cheese (if using), also add the roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to the mixture. The pumpkin seeds will add a delightful crunch and a nutty flavor to the stuffing.
- Stuff each cleaned pumpkin with the rice and vegetable mixture, including the pumpkin seeds, filling them to the top. Replace the pumpkin lids if desired.
- Place in the EaZy BrandZ Air Fryer Basket and Continue with the air frying instructions, cooking the stuffed pumpkins at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until the pumpkins are tender when pierced with a fork and the stuffing is heated through.
- Carefully remove the stuffed pumpkins from the EaZy BrandZ Air Fryer Basket and serve them as a charming and flavorful fall-themed dish with the added goodness of pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
The addition of roasted pumpkin seeds will not only enhance the flavor but also provide a delightful texture contrast to the stuffed pumpkins.
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