Dinner in a Pumpkin
Recipe amended from original, by All Things Beautiful.
1 pumpkin, about 3 pounds (I used 2 small pie pumpkins)
1/4 pound sausage
Johnny’s Seasoning Salt
1/4 pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch chunks (1 c. croutons)
1/4 pound cheese, such as Gruyère, Emmenthal, cheddar, or a combination, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2–4 garlic cloves (to taste) coarsely chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and chopped (I used Jimmy Dean sage sausage)
About 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or sliced scallions
1/2 cup pecans
About 1/3 cup heavy cream
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a glass pan with Pam, to prevent pumpkin from sticking.
Using a very sturdy knife—and caution—cut a cap out of the top of the pumpkin (think Halloween Jack-o-Lantern). Clear away the seeds and strings from the cap and from inside the pumpkin. Season the inside of the pumpkin generously with salt and pepper, and put it in the baking pan.