Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pumpkin Stew

Had fun with the grandkids this weekend making pumpkin stew. Make a beef stew, then put it in a pumpkin and bake it! Yum-yum!

Here's granddaughter cleaning out the inside of her pumpkin.

Grandson washing the pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin seeds ready for roasting.
Our favorite is to mix them with Worchestershire sauce and garlic powder.
(Pumpkin seeds are not part of the stew recipe, lol.)

Grandson dredging the beef in flour.

Granddaughter dropping the beef into the hot oil.

Brushing the pumpkin shells with vegetable oil.

Looks like the beef stew is done.
I used a very yummy recipe from Giada at the Food Network.
Rosemary, thyme, and garlic make a really flavorful broth.
You do need to simmer the stew in a pot for 1 hour or so,
whatever your recipe calls for, before putting it in the pumpkins.

Spooning the stew into the pumpkins.

Ready for the oven!
Bake 1-2 hours, till pumpkin meat is soft but skins are still firm.
P.S. Use the smaller, sweeter, pie pumpkins, not jack-o-lantern pumpkins.

The kids declared this a winner!
They enjoyed eating out of the pumpkins and scraping
the sides to make sure to get some pumpkin meat in each spoonful.

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