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Dinner In A Pumpkin

Dinner In A Pumpkin

Looking for some Halloween dinner inspiration?  Why bake a casserole in a regular-ol’ baking dish when you can use a pumpkin.  These simple recipes are fun and delicious for Halloween entertaining or family dinner.

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

Spiderweb placemats from HomeGoods.

For a quick cooking demonstration, check out this video from Toni Spilsbury, The Organized Cook.

 

Chicken and Brown Rice Dinner In A Pumpkin Recipe

Chicken and Brown Rice Dinner In A Pumpkin

Chicken and Brown Rice Dinner In A Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • small to medium pumpkin- 1
  • celery- 2-3 stalks, trimmed and diced
  • fresh sliced mushrooms- 1 container
  • vegetable oil- a few tablespoons
  • rotisserie chicken- (chicken pulled from one store-bought cooked rotisserie chicken)
  • dried rosemary and dried thyme- 1 teaspoon each (or a tablespoon of poultry seasoning)
  • cream of chicken soup- 1 can
  • cream of celery soup- 1 can
  • cooked brown rice- 2 cups

Instructions

  1. Wash off outside of the pumpkin.
  2. Cut off top of the pumpkin and save, and thoroughly clean out seeds and pulp.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large skillet, saute celery and mushrooms in oil until tender.
  5. Add chicken and season with rosemary, thyme and a little salt & pepper.
  6. Stir in soup.
  7. Simmer for just a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add cooked rice.
  9. Spoon mixture into clean pumpkin shell.
  10. Replace pumpkin’s top.
  11. Place filled pumpkin onto a baking sheet.
  12. Bake one hour or until meat of the pumpkin is tender.
  13. Put pumpkin onto a serving plate, remove pumpkin “lid” and serve casserole!
  14. Make sure to scoop out and eat the cooked pumpkin – Enjoy!
http://tonispilsbury.com/dinner-in-a-pumpkin/

Dinner In Pumpkin Recipe

Chicken and Mushroom Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

 

 

 

Mushroom Beef Dinner In A Pumpkin Recipe

Mushroom Beef Dinner In A Pumpkin

Mushroom Beef Dinner In A Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • small to medium pumpkin- 1
  • onion- 1/2, chopped
  • fresh sliced mushrooms- 1 container
  • vegetable oil- a few tablespoons
  • ground beef- 1 1/2 to 2 lbs.
  • ginger- 1 teaspoon
  • soy sauce- 3 tablespoons
  • brown sugar- 2 tablespoons
  • cream of mushroom soup- 1 can
  • sliced water chestnuts- 1 can, drained
  • cooked long grain rice- 1 1/2 – 2 cups

Instructions

  1. Wash off outside of the pumpkin.
  2. Cut off top of the pumpkin and save, and thoroughly clean out seeds and pulp.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large skillet, saute onion and mushrooms in oil until tender.
  5. Add meat and brown with a little salt & pepper- drain drippings from skillet.
  6. Stir in ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar and soup.
  7. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  9. Spoon mixture into clean pumpkin shell.
  10. Replace pumpkin’s top.
  11. Place filled pumpkin onto a baking sheet.
  12. Bake one hour or until meat of the pumpkin is tender.
  13. Put pumpkin onto a serving plate, remove pumpkin “lid” and serve casserole!
  14. Make sure to scoop out and eat the cooked pumpkin – DELICIOUS! Enjoy!
http://tonispilsbury.com/dinner-in-a-pumpkin/

Dinner In A Pumpkin Recipe

Mushroom Beef Dinner In A Pumpkin

 

Dinner In A Pumpkin Recipe Photo Tutorial:

Dinner In A Pumpkin

thoroughly clean out seeds and pulp

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

brown meat with sauteed onions and mushrooms

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

transfer beef mixture to clean hallow pumpkin

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

bake on 350 for about an hour

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

place chicken mixture in clean hallow pumpkin

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

Chicken and Mushroom Dinner In A Pumpkin

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

Chicken and Brown Rice Dinner In A Pumpkin

Dinner In A Pumpkin Casserole

Mushroom Beef Dinner In A Pumpkin

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3 Responses to Dinner In A Pumpkin

  1. Aroma Rice Cooker October 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Looks like the perfect Halloween comfort food!

  2. Jen October 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Had this the other night (the beef one)…SO GOOD!!!

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