I have a tradition, every year for Halloween I make Dinner in a Pumpkin. We have done this since I was little. It is hands down one of my favorite meals to make and I wish I made it more than once a year. I love all things pumpkin spice and I enjoy all of the fall apple recipes, but really my favorite….Dinner in a Pumpkin! The idea is simple, carve out the pumpkin, stuff it full of yummy ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and garlic, then let it simmer for 2 hours. I always try to turn Dinner in a Pumpkin into a dinner party with friends because it is so much fun to serve right out of the pumpkin! If you make it, be sure to scoop out all of that fiber and beta-carotene filled pumpkin onto your plate to help balance out all of that Halloween candy.
- One 4-5 lb. pumpkin-short stem or two smaller pumpkins
- 1.5 lb. ground beef
- 2 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 4 tablespoon margarine melted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon thyme or basil
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cups cheddar cheese grated
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Clean out pumpkin. Make sure to get all of the little strands. They aren’t fun to eat!
- Place pumpkin on a shallow baking dish.
- Mix melted butter and salt together.
- Brush the inside of the pumpkin with the melted butter. Don’t forget the bottom of the lid!
- Brown the ground beef, onion, garlic, and rice together on the stovetop.
- Add in the rest of ingredients except the cheese.
- Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
- Stuff into the pumpkin and mix in half of the cheese.
- Place the lid on top and move to the oven.
- Allow to slow roast for about 2 hours, depending on the size of the pumpkin. You will know that it is done when the pumpkin flesh is tender and rice is plump.
- Serve from the pumpkin, scraping up some pumpkin with each serving.
- Sprinkle each serving with cheese while it is hot.