Dinner in a Pumpkin

Total Time
2hrs
Prep
1 hr
Cook
1 hr

This is so yummy, I tried this at my friend's house this Halloween, well needless to say it will be a tradition at our house.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Cut off the top of the pumpkin and thoroughly clean out pulp and seeds.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) In a large skillet sauté onions in vegetable oil until tender.
  3. Add meat and brown.
  4. Drain drippings from skillet.
  5. Add soy sauce, mushrooms,brown sugar and soup.
  6. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  8. Spoon mixture into cleaned pumpkin shell.
  9. Replace pumpkin top and place entire pumpkin, with filling, on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake 1 hour or until inside meat of the pumpkin is tender.
  11. Put pumpkin on a plate.
  12. Remove pumpkin lid and serve meat.
  13. For your vegetable, scoop out pumpkin and serve.
Most Helpful

4 5

As a first time dinner in a pumpkin maker, I thought this turned out well for my first try. Although I did make a few changes. First, I used a frozen mix of chopped onion, celary & peppers [[plus I added a few chopped green peppers]] I sauted those with the ground beef. I used a larger can of mushrooms. Before I added the meat mixture to the pumpkin, I coated the inside with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and some salt. I really enjoyed this, and I think I see a new Halloween tradition in my future.

5 5

SO yummy! I am making this again tomorrow for a friend who has a Halloween Party. It was perfect here, and will be there as well! :) I used fresh baby portabella mushrooms, sliced, and then didn't let it simmer on the stove. It did take 2 hrs to cook, but was well worth the wait! Thank you!

5 5

Such a fun dinner idea! Perfect even if people don't like pumpkin, since you really don't HAVE to eat the pumpkin (although I highly recommend it)!