UPC’s Pumpkin Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms
I really enjoy pumpkin. I look forward to when it’s in season, because it’s such a savory squash that it can be used in all sorts of delicious ways! When I’m playing with pumpkin, I often do things like “Pumpkin Boats” or soups, stews, stir-fry and even Pumpkin Chips. I find that most of my friends are so conditioned to think of Pumpkin in terms of Pumpkin Pie that they forget that it’s really quite a tasty delicious squash in it’s own right, and without added sugar it can be quite delightfully savory! Today’s recipe, the Pumpkin Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms is an example of how I sometimes use pumpkin without any of the additional sugar. And it came out delicious!
Pumpkin Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms; What you’ll need:
- 2 cups Pumpkin Puree
- 2 tablespoons “Pumpkin Pie Spice” (mix yourself: Allspice, Cinnamon, Thyme, Nutmeg)
- 1 lb Wild Shrimp, fully cooked
- 12-16 Stuffing Mushrooms (I used a large batch of White Button mushrooms this time)
- 2-4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
Prep time: 10 minutes (including hollowing out the mushrooms); add 15 if you need to cook the shrimp.
Bake time: 90 minutes
1. Cook the shrimp, and pre-heat the oven to 325.
2. Hollow out the mushrooms (use the extra mushroom meat in some other recipe), mix the pumpkin puree and pie spice, and lightly oil a baking pan (or use parchment paper).
3. Pre-bake the mushrooms, until the shrimp is cooked, and has cooled enough to handle.
4. Put 1 tablespoon of the mixed pumpkin into the mushrooms, then carefully place a shrimp in each of the mushrooms, standing up, supported by the pumpkin mix.
5. Bake for 90 minutes.
Note: You may have to stand the shrimp back up every 30 minutes or so – they tend to fall over until the pumpkin mixture has thickened and started to caramelize on top.
6. Add additional time, as needed, until the pumpkin has a caramelized crust over it.
- What other ways do you use your pumpkin in the fall?
- Which recipes are you most interested in seeing done?
- Do you have a party coming up? What will you be preparing for it?
- Do you favor longer-preparation dishes, like stuffed mushrooms, or shorter prep dishes, like dips?