dinner in a pumpkin





My kids love it when we make this every Fall. And yes, they actually eat the pumpkin.

1 medium pumpkin or squash (8 to 10 lbs.)
2 lbs. lean ground beef
½ tsp salt
package of frozen corn
½ c. onion, chopped
1 can of crushed tomatoes
2 c. hot cooked rice (I use brown)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Brown ground beef and drain.
While beef is cooking, cut a 3-inch opening in the stem end of a pumpkin, like you would a jack-o-lantern, reserving the top piece. Remove and discard seeds and pulp.
Add tomatoes, rice and corn to beef; cook until tender. Add the brown sugar.
Spoon into the pumpkin or squash.
Lightly grease a 10-inch circle in the center of a baking sheet.
Place filled pumpkin on greased pan.
Bake 1 to 2 hours or until pumpkin is tender and filling is bubbly and hot throughout.
To serve, spoon some of the cooked pumpkin along with the meat filling onto plates.
Serves 6 to 8.

Great to serve with a side salad and crusty bread.

Comments

Kim said…
Looks delicous! We love to make that too!
Juli said…
Very cool, I can't wait to try it!
Amanda said…
very cool:) Maybe I will try that someday:)---I guess you got internet back??!! YEAH!
What a cool idea! Sounds yummy and very fun! I will definitely need to try it!
Brooke said…
I love your profile picture!

Very traumatic. There is a reason I have been putting it off, and today didn't help reassure me. So I guess it's good it has to be an emergency, or I would back out. . . I am the worst about going to the dentist. Although I take my children faithfully.

I remember doing dinner in a pumpkin growing up. I wish I didn't have picky eaters at my house. I will just have to make my own personal one! Thanks for the reminder, of this fun dinner!
Sarah said…
okay- my mom made this for dinner for Halloween, when i was little-- i'm sure its not exactly the same-- all i remember is that it was dinner in a pumpkin and it was so gross i puked and couldn't go trick or treating that year. i always ended up puking on halloween, seriously there were probably four years in a row i couldn't go trick or treating because i was sick.

thanks for bringing back great memories-- just kidding, glad your kids like it :D

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