Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dinner in a Pumpkin

For Halloween, last night, we decided to start a new family tradition and it turned out great. We made dinner in a pumpkin. A friend of mine said that they do it every year and love it, so I gave it a try. We thought it was really yummy and plan to do it again.
You start off with a medium sized pumpkin. You cut a wide hole in the top and clean out the seeds and the pulp. YUCK!
In a sauce pan, you make the casserole that goes in side it. There are lots of recipes on the the internet, I'll put the one we used on the bottom of this post.
Put the filling in the pumpkin and place in the oven. Bake at 350 for one hour or longer if your pumpkin is bigger.

When you pull it out it looks like this.

...and this.

We served it like this and it was sooooo YUMMY! You scoop out the meat part and some of the pumpkin. I have never had pumpkin plainly cooked like that but it was really good. I did think it needed salt.


Filling Recipe:
1 onion chopped
2 T vegetable oil
2 lbs ground beef
2 T soy sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 (4 oz) can of mushroom pieces
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups cooked rice (I used long grain brown rice)
1 (8 oz)can slice water chestnuts drained
salt and pepper to taste
Brown the onion in the oil and add the meat. Drain drippings. Add the rest of the ingredients and heat through. Then put in pumpkin.


Linda said...

That sounds AMAZING!!!! I'm going to have to steal that idea! How fun!!! I love pumpkin and all the fall squash...YUM!

The Robinsons said...

What a fun (a delicious) idea! We may have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Camille, Blake and Pierce said...

That looks so good.... I am once again so impressed

Tricia said...

What a cool idea. I have never heard of that, but love it. We might try it next year. If I will have to remind us.

Corrie said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

Jaime said...

Alright, win the best mom award. Please stop showing us all up now. :-) Seriously, thanks for the idea. It sounds really good (and interesting).

Shannon said...

Salt? Who remembers to buy salt?