This will please cheese and mushroom lovers alike. This is almost like a fondue without having to dip the bread. This is great for Thanksgiving.
- 1 unsliced loaf (about 14.5 ounces) country white sourdough bread, cubed
- 1 medium heirloom pumpkin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 3 pounds mixed whole mushrooms (button, portobello, oyster), roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
- 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) Wisconsin alpine-style cheese, shredded*
* such as a mixture of Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Roth Grand Cru® Original cheese 8 ounces Edelweiss Emmentaler Swiss cheese, shredded (2 cups)
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toasted.
- Cool on a wire rack. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, remove top of pumpkin (similar to carving a pumpkin). Scrape
top and insides of pumpkin, removing seeds and fibers. Season inside of pumpkin with salt and pepper to taste.
- Line another rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; place pumpkin bottom on pan.
- Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
- Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook and stir mushrooms until juices just begin to release. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
- Bring cream, bay leaves, nutmeg and cayenne pepper to a gentle boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add garlic, cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from heat.
- Combine alpine-style and emmentaler swiss in a large bowl. Spoon a sixth of the reserved bread cubes into the pumpkin, covering the bottom. Top with a sixth of the mushroom mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with 1 1/3 cups cheese. Drizzle with about 1/3 cup cream mixture. Gently pack down layers. Repeat layers five times. Place top on pumpkin.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, depending on pumpkin size, or until pumpkin is tender and filling is bubbly.
- Remove from oven. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Recipe and photo used with permission from:
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin