"After our kids carve their Halloween pumpkins, I use their Hallowwen pumpkins, I use the discarded pieces in this savory stew. My family eagerly looks forward to it every year."
beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
garlic cloves, minced
carrots, thinly sliced
celery ribs, thinly sliced
beef bouillon granules
cubed peeled pumpkin
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add meat, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil and butter. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, water, bay leaves, bouillon, thyme and remaining pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.
Stir in pumpkin. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until meat and pumpkin are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 9 servings.