Spiced Stuffed Roast Pumpkin with Lemon Tahini Dressing

RECIPE BY:

Courtney Roulston

SERVING SIZE:

6 – 8 people

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 whole kent pumpkin, around 2/ 2.5kg
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) cobram olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups curly kale, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 packet Ainsley Harriot Moroccan Medley Cous Cous
  • 1/3 cup pistachio nuts, roughly chopped-plus extra to serve
  • 1/3 cup roast almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (craisins)

Tahini Dressing:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Coles tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoon Coles maple syrup

METHOD :

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a circle from the top of the pumpkin to create a plug.
  • Scoop out the seeds and membrane and discard, but keep the plug. Tear off a piece of tin foil that is large enough to wrap around the pumpkin in a double layer and place the pumpkin in the center.
  • Heat half of the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes before adding in cumin, cinnamon and kale. Continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted.
  • Add in the vegetable stock and heat through.
  • Add in the CousCous mix, gently stir and remove from the heat.
  • Cover and leave to steam for 3-4 minutes.
  • Fluff the mixture with a fork before adding in the nuts and cranberries.
  • Spoon the couscous into the inside of the pumpkin and use the back of a spoon to pat the stuffing in tightly.
  • Place the plug back onto the top of the pumpkin and rub over the remaining olive oil.
  • Wrap the pumpkin in the foil and bake on an oven tray for 50 minutes.
  • Remove the foil from the pumpkin and roast uncovered for a further 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is soft when a skewer is inserted into the flesh. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into thick wedges.
  • Whisk all the lemon tahini dressing ingredients together in a bowl with a pinch of sea salt.
  • To serve, place wedges of the stuffed pumpkin onto serving plates and drizzle with the dressing and scatter with extra pistachio nuts. Enjoy!

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