...a.k.a. the "reverse holiday centerpiece," with the (low-carb!) starch on the outside and protein on the inside. Faster-roasting than a turkey and packaged with its own festive flavor—it doesn't get much better than this! Make with another of our stuffing recipes or the one included here, which features seitan and its perfect combination of bready taste and meaty texture.
- 1 9-lb / 4-kg pumpkin
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Sweet or smoked paprika to taste
- Garlic powder to taste
- Salt or substitute to taste
- 2 Tbsp. / 30 ml olive or high-oleic sunflower/safflower oil
- 1 lb. / 450 g seasoned seitan*, cut into ½ to 1-inch / 1 to 2½-cm pieces
- 2 cups / 480 ml dry red wine
- 2 Tbsp. / 28 ml olive or high-oleic sunflower/safflower oil
- 2 small yellow and/or red onions, finely chopped
- 1 cup / 100 g leek, thinly sliced
- 1 lb. / 450 g mushrooms, preferably a mix of various types, coarsely chopped
- ½ cup / 90 g uncooked ancient grains (e.g. oat groats, millet and quinoa of several colors), rinsed or:
- brown or wild rice
- 1½ cups / 360 ml vegetable broth/stock, preferably organic low-sodium
- ¾ cup / 80 g pecans, chopped and toasted (optional)
- ¾ cup / 60 g pumpkin seeds (1½ cup / 200 g if not using nuts), chopped and toasted
- 1 medium (1 lb. / 450 g celery root / celeriac), peeled and cut into ½-inch / 1-cm pieces
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. saffron (optional) or:
- ¼ tsp. turmeric + 1 tsp. sweet or smoked paprika
- 1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped or:
- 1 tsp. dried
- 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves or:
- 1 tsp. dried whole or ground leaves
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley leaves, chopped or:
- 1 tsp. dried
- ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or:
- 1 Tbsp. granulated/powder
- 2 cups (8 oz) / 230 g wheat gluten powder
- 1½+ cups / 360+ ml vegetable broth/stock, preferably organic low-sodium
- 2 Tbsp. / 30 ml low-sodium soy sauce and/or Worcestershire sauce, preferably anchovy-free
- 1 Tbsp. / 14 ml olive or sunflower/safflower oil
* Homemade Seitan (if desired):
Mix together well to form a single juicy, doughy mass of seitan, and cut into ½ to 1-inch / 1 to 2½-cm pieces. Brush or mist oil in a wide non-stick sauté pan, and warm over medium-high heat. Place seitan pieces in the prepared pan carefully, so as to prevent them from sticking together as much as possible. Cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, flipping pieces at least once to ensure even browning. Test one piece for doneness (e.g. by cutting in half) before removing from heat.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF / 175ºC.
- Cut a round 6-inch / 15-cm hole in the top of the pumpkin, and remove the seeds and pulp. (Don’t discard—clean seeds for later roasting and an excellent snack!!)
- Combine 1 cup / 240 ml of wine with ground black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and salt or substitute to taste. Coat the inside of the pumpkin with this mixture, and brush the outside with oil.
- Place pumpkin large roasting pan, replace the top, and bake for 1 hour until nearly tender.
- Warm 1 tablespoon / 14 ml oil over medium heat in a large lidded non-stick pan. Add garlic and onions, and sauté until translucent and lightly browned, about 5 minutes
- Add mushrooms, half the seasonings other than bay leaf and saffron/substitute, cover, and allow to cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Warm 1 tablespoon / 14 ml oil over medium heat, and add the celeriac and leek. Sauté until lightly browned.
- Add the carrots and seitan, and return the onion-garlic-mushroom mixture. Pour in the uncooked grains, remaining seasonings (including bay leaf and saffron/substitute, if desired), and broth/stock. Cover, lower heat to medium-low, and simmer until grains and vegetables are nearly tender and nearly all the liquid had been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning; add more liquid as needed.
- When the pumpkin is ready, fill it with the above mixture or another stuffing of your choice.
- Return stuffed pumpkin to the oven, and roast until tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.
- Transfer pumpkin to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh herbs and autumn fruits and vegetables.
Stuffing (skip this series of steps if making a different recipe)
Serving size:1 cup / 255 g
Exchanges per Serving: 1 Carb, 2 Protein, 0 Fat