Pumpkin Fondue

Hallowe'en is nearly upon us again. I decided to try and make something other than pumpkin soup with my pumpkin this year, so here goes!

Pumpkin Fondue


1 large pumpkin
2 tbsp olive oil
2 leeks, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500g mushrooms, roughly chopped
250g Emmenthal cheese, grated
250g Gruyere cheese, grated
200ml cider (or white wine)
1 tbsp cornflour, mixed to a paste with a little water
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Slice a lid of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Cut out the flesh until you are left with a 2cm wall.

Brush the inside of the pumpkin with olive oil and bake in a hot oven for 20-30 minutes.

Heat a little oil in a pan and cook the leeks and garlic for a few minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and dill and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the grated cheese, cider (or wine) and the cornflour paste. Season with salt and pepper and some grated nutmeg. Heat gently, stirring constantly until the cheese has melted into a smooth sauce.

Pour the fondue into the baked pumpkin. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper.

Get dunking!

This is real oozy stuff! It tastes great and the roasted pumpkin imparts a lot of flavour, but is definitely party fodder. You couldn't eat too much of this on your own, it is very rich! Graham gave it his best shot though!

Happy Hallowe'en!


  1. That looks and sounds wonderful! Good luck with the joust :-)

  2. Hi Laura, good to hear from you, it has been a while!

  3. Hi Holler, I think this is such a terrific idea! I'm voting for you :-)

  4. Oh. My. GOD.

    Holler, what are you doing to me?!

    I love fondue...good luck with the joust. How could this not win?

  5. What a great idea, Holler! I love the types of dishes where the actual food is used as part of the serving "bowl." I'm going to vote for you! Good luck! :)

  6. Hillarious! You've got my vote.

  7. Oh wow - that just looks amazing! All that gooey, cheesy, garlicky, 'shroomy goodness. Definitely got my vote. Good luck with the joust.

  8. Thank you Nora!

    I hadn't had any fondue for such a long time Lucy, it just had to be done!

    Thanks Jenny, you have me thinking about that whole food serving thing now!

    Thanks Wendy, Did you like my monster then?

  9. *Brilliant* entry! How inventive.

  10. This sounds really good. Pumpkin, cheese and dill... mmm. It looks great in the pumpkin.

  11. I think this is the best entry so far Holler!!!Good look in the Joust!!!

  12. Looks tasty and I'm a big fan of the presentation. :-)

  13. What a fantastic idea! I could SO make a dent in that right now :-)

  14. Dear holler. Oh I wish I could make it - pumpkins are a bit exxy to buy over here (when they actually are available, which isn't often!) Happy hallowe'en!

  15. Holler what a great post!
    Happy Holloween to you also!
    You are getting my vote as that fondue in the actual pumpkin is too awesome! And your photo of the little Holloween decorations is so fun!!!!!

  16. That fondue looks scrumptious and a much better use for a pumpkin.

  17. Thanks misslionheart! Nice to meet you!

    Kevin, the dill worked really well in the fondue!

    Thanks Val, The Joust starts today, so I hope everyone votes for something they like! And if it it mine, well, heck!

    Thanks Mike, it was a bitof a departure for me, using the pumpkin like that!

    Hey Julia, I have cravings when I see food photos all the time! Especially for cheese and mushrooms!

    Happy Hallowe'en little miss moi!

    Hi Deb,
    The monster went down well with the children who visited last night! We also had a giant bowl filled with shredded paper and laced with spiders, gooey bugs, bats, witch fingers etc. Fun was had by all!

    Hi Beccy, does that mean you had the taskof carving a pumpkin then?

  18. Pumpkin fondue. That's a top idea Holler! Must have a halloween party next year so I can try it out :-)

  19. Gorgeous! I will try this for sure. Thanks Holler.

  20. Planning well ahead Sophie. Glad you like the idea!

    Hi Lisa, You might want to add chilli to yours. I meant to, but forgot!

  21. Oh, Holler, this looks wonderful! What a great idea. I spotted it on the uk food bloggers association website. Well done you for the roundup, we should do more of those :-)

  22. I'm loving the idea of that pumpkin fondue, that would be great anytime.

  23. Oh dear me! That is one exciting and creative idea! Love it

  24. UGH! This is GENIUS!! Love it + can't wait to try it! :)

  25. I am definitely making this for our Halloween party. Great recipe

  26. This sounds yum. Really fancy trying it. Can I check something - do you also roast the flesh that was scooped out and include it in the recipe somewhere?

    1. I used the rest of the pumpkin for soup, but you could roast some, blitz it and add it. The roast pumpkin bowl did add flavour to the fondue.


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