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BRAZILIAN SHRIMP STUFFED PUMPKIN

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 Minutes
  • Serves: 4

The perfect dish for a cool, autumn evening.


Ingredients

1 medium baking pumpkin
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound 16/20 ct. raw shrimp, rinsed, peeled and deveined
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 cup cream cheese
salt and pepper

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 350F. Wash the pumpkin and cut off the top. Scoop out the flesh and remove all seeds. Wrap it in aluminum foil and place it onto a baking tray, cut-off side down. Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until it is nearly soft. Remove it from the oven and unwrap from aluminum foil. Set aside.

In a large pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Add garlic, chopped jalapeño and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add shrimp to the pan and continue cooking for another minute. Add chopped fresh tomatoes, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are soft, for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add fresh cilantro. Set aside.

Using a spoon, spread the cream cheese inside the pumpkin, trying to coat all the inside area. Pour shrimp stew into the pumpkin and return to the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until cheese melts and pumpkin becomes really soft inside. Remove from oven, sprinkle some more fresh cilantro on top.

To Serve

Allow guests to self-serve, warm, with white rice on the side. When serving, scrape sides of pumpkin with the ladle or a spoon so that cheesy bits of pumpkin are added to the soup.

Pair with Stephane Briday Cremant de Bourgogne.



Eddie's Recipe Tip:

Instead of shrimp, this is a great recipe for using leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken.