An Easy Thanksgiving Recipe to Impress Your Guests

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time to roll out your pants with the elastic waistband and get ready for marathon eating (and drinking) through January! ‘Tis the season, right? Whether you’re hosting or guesting this year, here’s an easy Thanksgiving recipe that will be sure to impress the crowd! It’s tasty, seasonal and completely Instagram-worthy. #BestThanksgivingEver

Wild Rice Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Recipe by Whole Foods Market


What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 mini pumpkins
  • 1 orange, Juice of
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon chopped mint

*And 1 very, very tall glass of vino before you begin… Cheers! 🍷🎉

fall_entertaining_editorial_35Magnifico Wine Glass by Luigi Bormioli

Cooking Instructions:

First, preheat your oven to 375°F.

We’ll start by cooking the rice.
In a small sauce pan, add wild rice and fill with enough water to cover and allow room to boil like you would when cooking pasta. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Rice is ready when it starts to “pop” the grain.

Next up, the pumpkins!
While rice cooks, cut tops off pumpkins. Using a large spoon, scoop out seeds and strings. Place pumpkins upside down in a pan with 1/3 inch of water. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully turn pumpkins upright and return to oven until flesh is tender when pierced with a fork, about 5 to 10 more minutes.

Don’t forget to check in on the rice.
When rice is cooked, pour into a colander and rinse with cold water. Place the rice in a medium size bowl.

Add the finishing touches.
Juice orange and add honey, mixing together. Pour over rice. Add salt and pepper, and stir well. Stir in cranberries, pecans, orange zest and mint. Adjust seasonings if needed. Stuff rice into pumpkins and serve.

Now, take a moment to basque in the glory of your ridiculous cooking skills…



For more fall-themed inspiration, head over to our Holiday Entertaining Essentials! Feast your eyes on pretty little details like this Colorwave Place Setting by Noritake with a unique Love Letter Napkin & Lover Napkin Ring by Sir/Madam.


We wish you a very joyous holiday season ahead, and hope it is filled with family, friends and of course, delicious eats! #ZolaCouples, be sure to share your photos with us using your new gifts at @ZolaRegistry!

– Zola Team

Food Styled by @lauren_lapenna


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