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Ghapama

A traditional Armenian holiday dish, Ghapama is a stuffed pumpkin filled with rice, cherries, cranberries, dried dates, golden raisins, toasted pecans, toasted walnuts and cinnamon spice, baked whole with the top on.

Allergens: Nuts (pecans, walnuts), Dairy (butter)


GHAPAMA INGREDIENTS:

10 each Sugar pumpkin, fresh, whole
10 cups Rice, medium grain, dry
15 cups Water
5 cups Butter, unsalted, melted, divided
5 cups Frozen DOLE® Red Tart Cherries
5 cups Frozen DOLE Whole Cranberries
2½ cups Dates, dried, pitted, chopped
2½ cups Golden raisins
2½ cups Pecans, toasted, chopped
2½ cups Walnuts, toasted, chopped
½ cup Cinnamon, ground
2½ cups Honey

GHAPAMA DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cap and deseed pumpkin by scraping out inside with a spoon, save cap.
  2. Add water and rice into a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Cook rice until it is half way cooked, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Drain excess water from rice; cover and set aside.
  5. Using half of melted butter (2 ½ cups), brush inside and outside surfaces of each pumpkin.
  6. Add remaining 2 ½ cups melted butter to rice, stir to combine.
  7. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients; stir until well combined.
  8. Stuff mixture into pumpkins and top each with its cap. Wrap in foil and roast in oven at 350° F for 4 hours, or until the rice is tender and the pumpkin is soft.

TO SERVE:

  1. Place on platter and slice the pumpkin with a knife in eighths.
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Yield: 10 portions
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