Sunday, October 25, 2015

a gourd-geous hor d'oeuvre turns out that cutting and cleaning a gourd does take some time. I recently attended a little halloween get together and thought I could easily bring some palmetto pimento cheese inside of a gourd bowl to save time instead of baking.

I know, I know, this is how busy and tired I've been lately. such a great excuse to try out a new pumpkin recipe but I couldn't muster the energy. of course, it ended up taking me an hour to prep the gourd. I'm filing my experience under user error and first timer problems - so don't be discouraged. it turned out very pretty!

first, gourd selection. I am not an expert here, but I chose an acorn squash and it worked well. make sure to get one that has not been roughed up with bruises on the skin. when you cut the squash, those bruises will become visible. cutting the gourd is a bit of trial and error. I first leveled out the bottom, much like you would even out the layers in a layer cake so it lays flat. next, I hacked off the top, about 2 inches in. of course, the hole was too small and I had to cut at least another inch down to fit my container for the pimento cheese. it's better to be safe than sorry here, don't cut too much of the top off first.

I then started to clean the inside of the squash, just like when you carve a pumpkin. I rooted around for an impromptu plastic container and ended up using a special k oatmeal container which was perfect. I took the wrapper off, cleaned it, and put the container inside the hole to make sure it fit - and I again had to dig a bit more flesh out so that the container was flush with the hole. then I filled my container with pimento cheese and stuck it in the squash. voila!


  1. The palmetto pimento cheese is seriously the best, I've never tried it with the jalepenos though so I'm going to have to look for that!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

    1. we love the jalapeno version, there's also a bacon version. happy shopping! :)

  2. This would be perfect for a holiday party!