Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue. Autumn comfort foods with Watercress.
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue. Autumn comfort foods with Watercress.
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods
We may have said goodbye to summer, packed away our shorts, and come to realise that winter is just around the corner, but there’s no reason to feel gloomy about what’s on the menu at this time of year.

Autumn is often cited as the best season for food, with its abundance of produce and fresh flavours. So, enjoy Autumn, and fall for the taste of watercress with these wonderfully warming recipes; they’re simple and speedy to make, packed full of vitamins and minerals and bursting with flavour.

Autumn is also a time to be preparing for winter and protecting our bodies from the colds and flus that are rife. Foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B6 help to boost the immune system and guess what, gram for gram watercress contains more Vitamin C than oranges and more Vitamin E than broccoli (as well as more calcium than milk and more folate than banana!).

Enjoying these recipes won’t just be a treat for the taste buds but will help to keep you healthy going into winter too!

So, look forward to the change in the season, the different flavours it brings and enjoy cosy nights in with family, friends and good food!

Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue:

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves 4 as a starter or snack

Ingredients:
  • 1 small pumpkin
  • 30g watercress, roughly chopped
  • 2 small shallots, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 150g grated mature cheddar
  • 150g grated gruyère
  • 150g grated Emmental
  • 25g plain flour (or use cornflour for gluten free)
  • 50ml dry white wine
  • 150g crème fraiche
  • Freshly ground black pepper

To Serve (optional):
  • Crusty bread
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Roasted baby potatoes

Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170ᵒC. Take a sharp knife and carefully remove the ‘lid’ of the pumpkin, keeping to one side. Scoop out the seeds and stringy insides from the pumpkin, leaving the edible flesh intact. Put the lid back on the pumpkin and place onto an oven tray. Roast the pumpkin in the oven for around 45 minutes, or until the flesh is just cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you make up the fondue mixture.
  2. Take a large mixing bowl and add in the grated cheese, watercress and plain flour. Mix together thoroughly so that the cheese and watercress are evenly coated with a fine layer of flour. In a separate bowl, mix together the crème fraiche, white wine, shallot and garlic, along with a little ground black pepper (to taste). Combine the cheese mixture and the crème fraîche, then take a spoon and carefully fill up the pumpkin with the cheesy mix. Put the pumpkin back into the oven for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  3. Take the pumpkin out of the oven and carefully transfer to a board for serving. Serve with bread, potatoes, or roasted vegetables for dunking, using spoons or fondue forks to dip into the fondue and scoop out the soft roasted pumpkin.

Note: The pumpkin can be roasted ahead of time and kept refrigerated for up to 48 hours but you will need to add around 20 minutes extra onto the oven time for the fondue to melt as the pumpkin will be cold inside.
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods recipe courtesy of Watercress. For more recipe inspiration and to find out more about the health benefits of watercress, visit Watercress.
Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods

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