MagPad Dinner Table

MagPad Dinner Table

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 small to medium pumpkin
1 onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1½ to 2 lbs. ground beef
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 (4oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1½ cups cooked rice
1 (8oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Cut off the top of pumpkin and thoroughly clean out seeds and pulp. Paint an appropriate face on the front of the pumpkin with a permanent marking pen or acrylic paint. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, sauté onions in oil until tender. Add meat and brown. Drain drippings from skillet. Add soy sauce, brown sugar mushroom and soup. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts. Spoon mixture into the cleaned pumpkin shell. Replace pumpkin top and place entire pumpkin, with filling on a baking sheet. Bake 1 hour or until inside meat of the pumpkin is tender. Put pumpkin on a plate. Remove pumpkin lid and serve meat. For your vegetable, scoop out cooked pumpkin and serve. Serves 6.

I love this recipe. It is so fun to make and eat. We usually have it once a year around the Halloween season.

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