Sunday, October 30, 2011

Soup Cooked in a Pumpkin

Who doesn't love Pumpkins?

For costumes and carving....and also for soup.    Yesterday during the Snowtober storm I  made Cheese soup baked in a pumpkin from Bon Appetit

Cheese Soup in a Pumpkin

1 Cheese Pumpkin (about 8 lbs)
3/4 to 1 1lb Gruyere Cheese
Fennel Seed
Ancho Chili Powder
3 Garlic Cloves Sliced
2 cups of Fresh Bread Crumbs made from French Bread
About 6 cups of Chicken Broth
1/2 Stick of Butter, soft
3 slices Bacon 
Cream Fraiche

Preheat the oven to 350.   Use a pumpkin carving nice to cut of the top of the pumpkin like you would with a Jack O' Lantern.  Save the top.   Scrape out the seeds and the stringy flesh.  Rub the pumpkin on the inside all over with the butter.  Season a few pinches of chili powder, fennel seed, salt and pepper.   Put the cheese, bread crumbs,  and sliced garlic into the pumpkin.   Pour chicken broth into the Pumpkin until it comes to 3 inches from the top of the Pumpkin.  Put the lid on the pumpkin and bake on a sheet pan for 1 hr.   

Remove the lid from the pumpkin and put it flesh side up next to the pumpkin on the pan bake about 60 to 90 minutes more until the flesh of the pumpkin is very tender. Serve soup topped with crumbled bacon,  chives, and  cream fraiche.

While you are waiting for your Pumpkin Soup to cook sit on the couch and watch a movie

Urban Hounds List of 5 Good Halloween Movies

1) Wallace and Gromit In The Curse of The Were Rabbit.  Dogs, bunnies, England what's not to like?
2) The Omen Tubby likes barking at the Hell Hounds
3) Nosferatu Probably the best Vampire movie ever.  I saw it at the Landmark Loews last year with a live organ.
4) Dracula The classic Bella Lugosi version.
5) Ed Wood Cult classic, goes well with Dracula, since one of the characters is Bela Lugosi.


  1. we didn't see you. You blended right in with the punkins
    Benny & Lily

  2. Mmmm, that soup sounds wonderful, perfect for a NW rainy Sunday! We use our little pumpkins for vases for mums and leaves.

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  3. YUUUM!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to make this!

  4. Mmmmmm, honey. That soup sure sounds good! Wanna send me some?

    Thanks fer the movie recommendation. I'll hafta watch 'em through my paws so I don't git TOO scared. Uh....not that I'm a scaredy pug or nothin'.