Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dinner in a Pumpkin

This recipe was inspired by my good friend DANA in Washington. She will often use smaller sugar pumpkins and microwave them for approx. 6 minutes and spoon the warm filling into each pumpkin for individual servings:)

This is a great meal for this time of year!! It is easy and tastes great. If you find it difficult to clean the inside of your pumpkin , try using an icecream scoop to help clean out the stringy strands and seeds. Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!!

Dinner in a Pumpkin
(Printable Version)
1 medium pumpkin
1 chopped onion
2 pounds ground beef
4 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tbsp brown sugar
2can cream of chicken soup
4cups cooked BROWN rice (or you can use white…I prefer brown since it’s healthier)
2 can sliced water chestnuts drained(optional)
2 can slice mushrooms(optional)

Cut off top of pumpkin and thoroughly clean out seeds and pulp. If desired draw a face on outside of pumpkin with permanent marker or acrylic paint. (This is a great thing to let kids help you with)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet cook onions and hamburger until hamburger is cooked and onions are tender.
Drain drippings. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, and soup.
Simmer 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add cooked rice and water chestnut, and mushrooms.
Spoon mixture into cleaned out pumpkin shell.
Replace pumpkin top and place entire pumpkin with filling on a baking sheet.

Bake 1-2 hours (depending upon the size of the pumpkin) It will be done when the inside of pumpkin is tender. Put pumpkin on a plate. Remove pumpkin lid and serve meat and some of the cooked pumpkin.

(If you want more of a stroganoff falvor try adding sour cream to the mixture)

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