Stuffed Pumpkin Dinner
Recipe Source: Creation by Jenny, with inspiration from MarcieIngredients:
1 medium pumpkin (5 ½ - 6 lbs.)
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 c. rice, cooked
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. oregano
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. cider vinegar
Wash the pumpkin and cut a 6” circle around the stem. Remove seeds and loose fibers. Place pumpkin in a large pot and fill about half way with boiling water. Add ½ tsp. salt, cover pot, and simmer for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender but still holds its shape. Remove the pumpkin and drain well.
In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Drain oil and place in large mixing bowl. Add cooked rice, tomato sauce, eggs, garlic, oregano, pepper, vinegar, and ½ tsp. salt. Mix well.
Spoon this mixture into the pumpkin, packing it down firmly. Replace the top of the pumpkin and place the pumpkin in a shallow baking pan. Put it in the oven and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
My husband (who HATES anything pumpkin) loved the dinner and also commented on the presentation of it. I also thought it turned out very well. I do wish I had cooked the pumpkin a bit longer in the pot on the stove to make the inside that much more tender to be able to scoop out and eat with the rice (because pumpkin IS a vegetable, you know... and we all could use more veggies in our diet). This will most definitely become a Halloween/Fall dinner in our family! Who knew... there are more to pumpkins than just pie.