Post created for #HarvestStoneHoliday with Harvest Stone Crackers.
Roast a pumpkin and fill it with fondue. That's the idea behind this perfect recipe for Baked Pumpkin Fondue. Makes a perfect side dish or appetizer. And looks so beautiful on any holiday table. Imagine how thankful you'd be to start Thanksgiving off with this recipe!
This last month I've gone gluten-free. After posting on Instagram about some ongoing gallbladder quirks I'd been having, so many comments suggested I should go off gluten. So I figured, why not give it a try? I'd spent weeks feeling icky, with a low grade sideache and general tummy malaise. So cleaning up the eating regime didn't just feel right, it felt good.
Right around this time, Harvest Stone Crackers invited me to join in their #HarvestStoneHoliday celebration and I was 100% game. Crunchy gluten-free crackers were already on my menu for holiday appetizers. So I ran to the store, grabbed 84 packs of crackers, one pumpkin and a bushel of fondue cheese, then hit the kitchen to create the worlds easiest autumn appetizer.
It is, undoubtedly, also the most delicious thing I've ever eaten.
Savory roasted pumpkin (I actually used kabocha squash here, because I liked the size of it for my giant appetizer platter. Similarly flavored, either squash works beautifully, so use whichever you wish), creamy fondue cheese (I purchased a pre-mixed pack of shredded fondue cheese, but you can create your own with gruyere and Swiss) and gluten-free, non-GMO, organic Harvest Stone crackers are a match made in paradise.
So totally happening again tomorrow.
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These images were shot with a Canon 5D Mk III paired with a Canon 24-70 f/2.8 . Shutterspeed was set to 125 so I could hand hold my camera, and still end up with a crisp-sharp shot. F/5.0 allowed most of the photo to be evenly clear. If the light is good, I'll always shoot f/5.0 on my overhead shots.
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- 1 medium pumpkin or kabocha squash
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp garlic puree
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups shredded fondue cheese
- 1 package Harvest Stone Sprouted Hummus Crackers, Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt
- salt and pepper, to taste
- fresh chopped parsley