Here's what you need to make this simple, delicious dinner: smallish pumpkin (sugar or pie pumpkins are fine), ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, water chestnuts, wild rice, onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce
Saute your chopped onion, then add the ground beef and cook until done. Meanwhile, make the wild rice according to the package directions, except only use 1/2 seasoning mix. When it is finished, combine meat, water chestnuts, cream of mushroom soup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Then add in the rice.
Set prepared pumpkin in a baking pan. Spoon meat/rice mixture into the pumpkin and replace lid. Set pan in 350 degree oven (low enough that stem doesn't burn) and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Serve in the shell, scooping out the cooked pumpkin with the meat.
Dinner in a Pumpkin
1 small pumpkin
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp. oil
1 box Long Grain and Wild Rice (only use 1/2 of the seasoning packet when preparing)
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 sm. can sliced water chestnuts, diced
Prepare pumpkin by cutting open the top and removing the seeds and fibers. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large pan, saute the onion in oil until translucent. Add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package instructions, except only use 1/2 of the seasoning packet. When the rice and the meat are cooked, pour mushroom soup, brown sugar, soy sauce and chopped water chestnuts into the meat. Stir to combine, then add in the rice. Place pumpkin in baking dish and spoon the meat/rice mixture into the prepared pumpkin. Replace the "lid". Place in the preheated oven on a low enough rack to ensure the stem doesn't burn. Bake for 1- 1 1/2 hours, or until the pumpkin is softened enough to scoop out with the meat mixture. Serves 6-8.
This is the perfect meal to have ready to eat before your kiddos head off to load up on sugar. The cooked pumpkin pairs wonderfully with the savory meat and rice. Need more pumpkin inspiration? How about a little something for dessert?
Do you have any recipes that you only cook during the fall months? I'd love to hear what they are! In fact, why don't you link them up to our It's Fall Y'all Link Party that goes live tomorrow morning? Hope to see you there!