Dinner In a Pumpkin
Nov 12th, 2002, 10:15pm, Posted by Marilynn (chief_cook)
Med. sized pumpkin (4 lbs)
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 (4-oz.) can mushrooms
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked rice
Using a sharp knife, cut lid from pumpkin and scoop out pumpkin seeds and excess
membrane with a scraping tool. In a large skillet, combine ground beef, chopped
green pepper, chopped celery, and chopped onion and cook over medium heat until
ground beef is browned. Add next seven ingredients to skillet. Mix well and
place mixture into pumpkin cavity. Place lid on pumpkin. Place pumpkin on a
foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
Just before serving, embellish pumpkin by placing (with toothpicks) black olives
to make eyes, a steamed carrot to make a nose, and whole cloves to make a mouth.
Use fresh parsley leaves to make hair around like opening. To serve, scoop out
part of the baked pumpkin, along with the meat mixture, onto each plate.