Stuffed Pumpkin With Cornbread Stuffing

STUFFED PUMPKIN WITH CORNBREAD STUFFING 

Yield: 1 stuffed pumpkin
Oven temperature: 350 degrees F

Pumpkin                                          1 (3 to 4 pounds)
Salt                                                  1/2 tsp
Cinnamon                                        1/2 tsp
Cornbread dressing (see below) 

Preheat over to 350 degrees F.  Cut stem section from the pumpkin and remove seeds.  Sprinkle inside with salt and cinnamon.  Place hollowed pumpkin on a baking sheet in oven and roast for 20 minutes.  Remove and fill with cornbread dressing, leaving 1 to 2 inches at the top for expansion.  Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees.  Place stuffed pumpkin in oven and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes or until pumpkin is tender, dressing is set and nicely browned on top.

Cornbread dressing

Mama's cornbread (see below), crumbled                               4 cups
Toasted bread, cut into 1 inch cubes                                         2 cups
Saltine crackers                                                                        10
Vegetable stock                                                                        2 cups
Celery stalks, diced                                                                  3
Medium onion, diced                                                                1
Eggs, large                                                                                2
Butter                                                                                       1/2 stick
Dried sage                                                                                1 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine cornbread, toasted bread, and crackers in mixing bowl.  Pour stock into saucepan and add celery and onion.  Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Add stock mixture to bread crumb mixture with beaten eggs, butter, sage, salt and pepper.

 Mama's Cornbread

Cornmeal                                                2 cups
Buttermilk                                                1 cup
Water                                                      1 cup
Egg, large                                                1
Vegetable oil                                           6 T 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.  On the stove top, heat the oil in a large skillet until hot but not boiling.  Pour the hot oil into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix well.  Pour the batter into the skillet and bake for 35 to 50 minutes.  Start checking for doneness after 35 minutes.  It should be golden brown when done.