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I’m a book-reading, craft-making newlywed living outside Chicago. I love my husband, cooking dinner and especially eating desserts! We love to ride bikes all over town and read books at coffee shops. I also enjoy shopping at JoAnns, drinking wine on the patio and playing with my bunny rabbit Penelope. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment- they really make my day! :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dinner in a Pumpkin


Last week was time for my annual pumpkin dinner with my college friends.  ThatGuy got into the spirit and decorated our front step:



For the lack of a better name, this is called Dinner in a Pumpkin!


As you can see, its dinner in a cooked pumpkin!  I grew up eating this recipe and used it to impress my ThatGuy during our dating years.  


First of all you will need a medium-sized pie or sugar pumpkin.  You want to use this variety because the flesh is thicker and sweeter than a carving pumpkin. 


In a large bowl add 1 1/2 cup corn and 1 1/2 cup beans.  Frozen or canned is fine.  You can also use whatever kind of beans you like.  My mom uses lima beans to make my dad happy.  ThatGuy likes peas, so I used peas.  (last year when I did this post for Gingersnaps Crafts I used green beans).
 

Cut up one medium onion and saute in olive oil.  Then add 1 pound of Italian seasoned ground sausage.  If you just have plain ground sausage you can add 1-2 Tbs. ground Italian seasoning. 


Drain and add cooked sausage and onion mixture to the veggies. 


Meanwhile, cook 1 cup rice in 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock.   Add to bowl and mix together.


 Add 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper to the mixture.


Cut the top off of your pumpkin and scrap out the inside.  Coat the inside of the pumpkin with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg.


This space-ship looking thing is the pumpkin in the oven! The pumpkin needs to steam while it cooks so place it on a cookie sheet over a pan of shallow water. Wrap it completely with foil and bake 2 hours (or more!) in a 350 oven.  I use a toothpick in the pumpkin to see if it's done- the toothpick should slides in easily after it pierces the pumpkin skin. 


This fall feast is festive and delicious!  Enjoy!



We certainly enjoyed ours! :)


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