A potimarron is like a pumpkin, but is smaller and tastier. This time of year the organic smallholders who come to the Market at Felletin every Friday, come laden with them. If you can’t find a Potimarron you can use a small pumpkin instead…
1 Potimarron (about 1.5-175kg)
2 tblsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp sage
1 tbsp thyme
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
225g long grain rice
2 large ripe tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
600ml vegetable stock
40g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
Preheat your oven to 180C. Cut the top off the potimarron, to form a lid. Scrape out the seeds (you should try to save all the seeds – they are lovely roasted with soy and tobasco sauce). Scoop out most of the flesh from the lid and the potimarron, leaving a thin layer (but thick enough that it doesn’t collapse!). Finely chop the flesh and set it aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion, garlic, sage, thyme, paprika and turmeric for 5 minutes until the onion is softened. Add the chopped potimarron flesh and fry for 5 minutes.
Stir in the rice and fry for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, cover and cook over a gentle heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the nuts and spoon into the potimarron shell.
Replace the potimarron lid, and place in a roasting pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out hot.
You can garnish with roasted potimarron seeds (if you followed my advice, and roasted them!), cheese, or anything else you fancy.
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