Dinner in a pumpkin

This dinner is a long time tradition in my family {maybe that's why I love it so much}.  Not only is it cute, it's delicious as well.  The recipe is simple, you'll need:

1 small to medium size pumpkin {mine is about 8 pounds}
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package of fresh mushrooms, sliced {this time I actually used a combo of diced celery and shredded carrots in lieu of the mushrooms and it was really good this way - just use what you like}
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. soy sauce
2 cups cooked rice

Wash and dry your pumpkin and draw on a face using a sharpie.  Clean out your pumpkin and microwave it on high for about 10 minutes (until the pumpkin is slightly soft).  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, saute your vegetables and brown the meat.  Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, {mushrooms} and soup.  Simmer 10 minutes, then add the rice.  Put the mixture inside the pumpkin and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour or until the pumpkin is tender. 

Make sure you scrape the sides of the of that tender pumpkin - it's very complimentary to the rice mixture.  Enjoy!

Linking this post to JDaneil 4's Mom Halloween Traditions and Living Life Intentionally.


  1. I have to try this! I have seen it before, but never done it. Your instructions were so simple. I wonder if my kids will eat it or not. They are so picky. I am going to try this tonight!

  2. Mmm! I bet this would be really yummy with chili too! The kids would love this :) Thanks for sharing! (one of my friends pinned it :))


  3. This is awesome!! I pinned this & plan on using it. How cool to eat from in a pumpkin & you even have a recipe - thanks!
    I would REALLY love for you to link up http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties

  4. I shared this idea on Living Life Intentionally's Facebook Page - this was too cute not to! Thanks for linking up!

  5. Just saw this on Living Life Intentionally's Facebook feed - this is so clever. I am definetly making this for Halloween! Thanks.

  6. Hopping over from Living Life Intentionally Linky Party - this is a HOOT! I didn't know you could do that, but I think it looks so fun!

  7. I love this idea! What a great way to serve dinner.

    Thank you for linking to the Halloween Traditions link up!

  8. I have never heard of doing this! It sound interesting and yummy! May have to try this. The kids would get a kick out of eating out of a pumpkin!

  9. I've never heard of doing this-sounds yummy!!

  10. oh, never imagined doing this! I wonder if my girls would eat it?!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase. Hope to see you this week -




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