By Cucina Casalingo on September 18, 2008
Photo by Cucina Casalingo
Photo by Cucina Casalingo
"Trick or Treat supper baked in a pumpkin. It is amazing how much less candy is gobbled up en route home on Halloween night if the kids start out with tummies happily full of nutritious food. To capture goblins attention before they go on their appointed rounds, serve Great Pumpkin Meatloaf. This fascinating jack-o'-lantern with a meatloaf inside will intrigue goblins, both young and old. Cut the jack-o'-lanterns in wedges and serve as a meat and vegetable in one. To accentuate the bland flavor of the pumpkin, the inside is spread with honey mustard before filling. The meatloaf mixture, enhanced with the zesty flavor of Worcestershire sauce is baked right inside the pumpkin. Complete this nourishing supper with oven roasted potatoes, celery sticks, cucumber slices, whole wheat dinner rolls and milk, plus a crispy apple for desert. This is not an "adult" dinner, but a pleasurable and fun meal for all that are young at heart. Almost any meatloaf recipe can be cooked in a pumpkin, so feel free to experiment. It's all about the presentation! Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the pumpkin and the meatloaf recipe used. (WW 6 points)"
Serving Size: 1 (144 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"This is really good, and the presentation is great fun. It was pretty easy to put together too. I was a bit nervous about the amount of mustard it called for, but it turned out great. I used the right sized pumpkin, but it took closer to an hour and a half for the meatloaf to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. It could have been my oven, though."
"My husband had this as a regular fall meal growing up. We make it now and friends and family love it!!<br/>We hollow out pumpkin, make up the meatloaf mix (we add a little milk-keeps it moist) stuff the pumpkin put on the top and put in pan with water about 1 1/2" in bottom. It then cooks for 3 hours......take out and poke holes with long knife at the base of the pumpkin,but up into the meatloaf......fat with drain out. Take off top and cook for 1/2 more. Slice into wedges."
"I like trying new recipes in the fall that are baked in a pumpkin. This one intrigued me, and it while it was good, it didn't get rave reviews from everyone at our house. I liked coating the inside of the pumpkin with salt/pepper and mustard -- genius! I used a sweet/hot mustard and really liked the flavor it gave to the pumpkin. The meatloaf itself fell a little short for me, and I probably should have used my favorite meatloaf recipe. Like another reviewer, I had trouble with fat collecting on top of the meatloaf. Looking back, I think that occurred because the meatloaf mixture did not overflow the pumpkin (mine came to within an inch of the top, so the fat was stuck inside the cavity. If the meatloaf mixture overfills the cavity, then the fat rising to the top can bubble out and drain down the sides of the pumpkin."
"Excellent recipe! I did add some seasoning to the meat - 1 onion grated fine, Spike seasoning, Maggi and fresh ground pepper. It took longer to cook to the center of the meat, so I microwaved it for 2 minutes to fully cook it. We had it with mashed potatoes and gravy. My daughter was not fussy on the pumpkin, but I really liked it."
"I really liked this concept, but it definitely required longer cooking time than what the recipe calls for. I also found this recipe for meatloaf to be a bit blander than I like. The presentation was beautiful, but I would definitely stuff with another meatloaf recipe next time. Thanks for posting a great idea!"
"Pretty good. Made the meatloaf very moist which is important to me as I have trouble eating dry foods. It's MUCH easier to cut the top off if you microwave the pumpkin a while first. I forgot the mustard coating on the inside or any seasoning at all.. and we still liked it. This will be a rerun at our house."
"The idea is great, but it does seem to need longer to cook. Also a note to people, make sure you have lean meat... I made it for a party where everyone brought a piece to contribute to the meal, and I didn't know the friend who brought the meat was one that just buys the extra cheap ground beef... had to pour off the fat a couple times while it was cooking. On the up side, despite the problems with baking it tasted fabulous. And I plan to try it again."
"We really loved this recipe and concept! We made this as listed but also added onions and green peppers. I imagine you could use your favorite meatloaf recipe. I would like to try it again with ground turkey and use poultery spices."
"This is so good! Even my husband (who can be a very picky eater) loved it! I baked the pumpkin in 1 inch of water for 1 hour and then after filling with ground beef mixture, baked for another hour. Will add this recipe to My Favorites list!"
"I made this for dinner tonight and thought it turned out really well! I did have to substitute rolled oats for the bread crumbs since I forgot them at the store. My pumpkin was a little bigger than the one in the recipe so I just baked it a little longer. The wedges looked really neat on the dinner plates! I am pleased with this and will make it again! :)"