Friday, February 3, 2012

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 Medium size pumpkin, about 4 pounds
1-1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 (4 oz) can mushrooms
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cup cooked rice

black olives
steamed carrot
whole cloves
fresh parsley

1. Cut lid from pumpkin, scrape out the inside of the pumpkin and discard what you scrap out.
2. In a large skillet brown hamburger, green pepper, celery, and onion. Mix salt, pepper, soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, cream of chicken soup, and cooked rice together. Mix together with hamburger, green pepper, celery, and onion. Mix well and place mixture into pumpkin. Place lid on pumpkin.
3. Place pumpkin on foil lined cookie sheet and bake in 350 oven for 1-1/2 hours.
4. When you spoon your portion, be sure and scrape and get some of the cooked pumpkin too.

Optional: If you want to, decorate outside of pumpkin. Attach olives to pumpkin (using toothpicks) for the eyes, steamed carrot for the nose, and whole cloves for the mouth. Use fresh parsley around top for hair.

Number Of Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 2 Hours

Notes: We got this recipe from Brittany's brother, Brian. I don't know where he got it. We had a similar recipe at a friend's house and really liked it. This version was also tasty.

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