Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dinner in a Pumpkin

I love autumn- the changing leaves, the crisp air and the promise of more holidays to come. When I think about what foods represent autumn I can't ignore a family tradition

Dinner in a Pumpkin! Every Halloween season my dad would make his signature dish. A hearty beef, rice and veggie dish baked inside a pumpkin. This week I will share this tradition with all of you.


(optional add-ins include rice, peppers, mushrooms, or anything else you can think of!)
  1. Saute an onion(chopped), and garlic until tender
  2. Add ground beef (figure about a half pound per person) until brown
  3. Add a splash of worcestershire sauce
  4. De-glaze with a splash of red wine
  5. Add one can diced tomatoes, and sauce from the can
  6. Cover and turn heat down to low, cook 10 minutes
  7. Meanwhile grate a couple handfuls of your favorite cheese
  8. And clean out the pumpkin, add melted butter and salt and pepper to inside of pumpkin
  9. Fold a handful of cheese into beef mixture
  10. Spoon everything into pumpkin
  11. Top off with remaining cheese
  12. Cover with pumpkin lid
  13. Bake at 450 degrees one hour
  14. When serving, make sure to scrape out some pumpkin with each scoop
(empty pumpkin)

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