Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 30, 2011: Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe

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I’m in Mesa visiting my grandson and his family this weekend while they host a Halloween party. As their occasional “resident chef” I wanted to make something that would be truly memorable. I found this recipe online and with a few little Candy tweaks, found it to be the perfect dish for a potluck party. It would also be a great presentation for a Thanksgiving dinner. Try it and let me know what you think!

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 large pumpkin (measure your oven if you want to double this recipe and use a really big pumpkin), top cut straight off and seeds scooped out
2 T. brown sugar
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ lb. ground beef
1 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 yellow onion, finely minced (optional)
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 cans beef stock
1 package long grain and wild rice (such as Uncle Ben’s)
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 small cans mushrooms stems and pieces (optional)
2 cans French cut green beans

Mix together brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; rub on inside of pumpkin.

Cook meat over medium heat in large skillet, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in chicken stock and rice. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until rice is done.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix remaining ingredients with meat/rice mixture. Spoon into prepared pumpkin, replace top. Place pumpkin on a baking sheet and bake at least 2 hours, until pumpkin is tender. To serve, scoop out filling along with pieces of pumpkin.


  1. OMG! What a brilliant blog. I have only just come across this, and have found so many recipes I want to try at once! Have printed off this one for Halloween and am off to get the ingredients. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Andrea, Thanks for stopping by and hope your Dinner in a Pumpkin was a success. It was the first time I'd made it but everyone at my son's Halloween party just loved it so the recipe is definitely going into my "keeper" pile!

  3. Greetings! Do you happen to own any writing or this is a completely natural talent? Can't wait to hear from you.