Dinner In A Pumpkin for Food Storage Friday

I LOVE DINNER IN A PUMPKIN!! I love Halloween! I love the Fall. So naturally I want to make foods that are Fall-ish. This is one that is amazing. I've been making it for 3 years now and I can't get over how wonderful it is. I make it every Halloween and people always ask for the recipe. So I figured, why not share. I've tweaked the original recipe a bit, mostly because we didn't like some of the ingredients. But it is yummy anyway you make it.

First, you'll need a pumpkin. Not too big, but not too small. In between small and medium. Mine is around 6 lbs. Make sure your pumpkin can stand up on its own. That is important

Chop some onions.

Brown some ground beef, about a 1-1 1/2 lbs. Add the onions for flavor. Mine look like green onions, but they aren't. They are from my garden so I used some of the steams. See, I'm using my garden Food Storage. Yummy.
While that is cooking, shred some carrots (if you chop them they won't cook all the way through). These carrots are also from my garden. I feel so Green-thumb-ish.

Once the meat has browned, you'll add brown sugar, soy sauce and cream of chicken to the meat. Mmmm.....Let it simmer for about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut open the pumpkin. Make sure you are nice to the top, you'll need it.
Save the seeds to make yummy baked pumpkin seeds. (Perhaps next week I'll share my Mother-in-Law's recipe. It is soooooo good.)
Once the mix has simmered, add about 1 1/2 cups of rice and your shredded carrots. Mix well.

Place your pumpkin on a cookie sheet. This insures that you don't spill all over you oven. Plus, cooked pumpkins can be a little squishy and you don't want to squish it on the way out of the oven.

Place your meat/rice mix into the pumpkin. Place the lid on the pumpkin and bake for about an hour.
Voila!!! You have a delicious meal that is so worth it's wait in gold.

Here's the recipe:

Dinner in a Pumpkin
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onions
1/2 C. shredded carrots
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom
1 1/2 C. cooked rice

Brown ground beef and onions together. Shred carrots. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, and cream of chicken to beef mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add cooked rice and carrots. Mix throughly. Add to hollowed pumpkin, replacing the lid. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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