Dinner In A Pumpkin

Dinner in a Pumpkin

This is on the table every Halloween. It's perfect for the holiday, the smell of this in the oven, the fun of eating out of a pumpkin, fall leaves, tricker treaters, those are the memories this meal evokes for me.

1 medium pumpkin, about 4 pounds, cleaned out well

2 cups rice, cooked

1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup green pepper, chopped

3/4 cup celery, chopped

3/4 cup onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon soy sauce

When the kids were little we saved the seeds, baked and seasoned them and had pumpkin seeds to snack on.
We don't really decorate it for ourselves, but if you want a more festive look it's perfect.The picture on the left was sent to me by my son, they now make it for their Halloween. To me that's priceless.

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, optinonal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground beef; add peppers, celery and onion and cook until soft.  Add next 7 ingredients.  Mix well and put in pumpkin.  Put top on pumpkin.  Place on foil lined heavy cookie sheet and bake for 1 1/2 hours.  To serve scoop out pumpkin along with meat mixture. 

To decorate: Use toothpicks to attach black olives for eyes, carrots for nose, press in whole cloves for mouth and fresh parsley for hair around opening.