Tavush Ghapama Recipe
Festive , unique,bright and most importantly healthy Tavush Ghapama from Armenian cuisine . This dish will certainly be one of the best additions to your thanksgiving menu. My followers may recall another Ghapama recipe that I presented last year during this time. As to say during pumpkin season. Ghapama is basically a stuffed pumpkin . Many different Armenia regions make their own variation. The most well known Armenian Ghapama is made of rice, dried fruits, nuts , honey , cinnamon and clarified butter. Sweet and savory dish that can surprise anyone with its deliciousness. I remember getting so many messages and emails last year , people who tried Ghapama for very first time and absolutely loved it .
Hope many will give a try to this Tavush , it’s an Armenian region, Ghapama and love it !
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1 small pumpkin , cut the top remove the seeds , save the “brains”
1-2 large onions , finely chopped
2-3 tbs vegetable oil
¾ cup chopped walnuts
⅔ cup dried cornelian cherries or unsweetened dried cranberries
⅓ tsp cinnamon
Salt to taste
Start by preparing the pumpkin
Wash, cut the top of the pumpkin , remove the seeds , save brains
Sauté onions with oil until light golden color
Add in the nuts, pumpkin brains, dried cornelian cherries and brains
Cook everything 2-3 minutes
Add the salt , go very light on salt
Add cinnamon , mix
Stuffing is ready
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Stuff the pumpkin, cover the lid and bake 40-50 minutes or until it’s cooked
To check the readiness : stick the knife into pumpkin, if it goes in smoothly, means it’s cooked
Allow Ghapama to set 5-7 minutes
Slice and enjoy with a drizzle of honey or as is