Monday, November 18, 2013

A Meal in a Pumpkin

We had company and for a late lunch, I served steaks cooked in a crock pot with a medley of potatoes, carrots, and string beans cooked separately.  I ended up with so much left overs to last for a long time.  I also had my granddaughter's small pumpkin sitting on the front porch as a greeter.  What to do?  I checked on my blog and checked to see synopsis of blogs and pictures of other bloggers' work as well as Margareta's.

There was a picture of two small pumpkins in a baking dish in the oven and the blog contained one heck of a yummy recipe for cooking dinner in a pumpkin, actually to cook the pumpkin with dinner in it.  Who created that blog?  I meant to respond to it but.... Today, I can't find it.

Any way, I thought I give it a try with my left overs.  I remember reading that you had to cook the meat and the vegetables before putting the dinner into the pumpkin.  The pumpkin adds another colorful vegetable to the dinner and to add more flavor to the pumpkin, dash some cinnamon on the yellow parts.

 With a sharp knife, I cut of the top of the pumpkin, removed the seeds and the slimy innards, and set the pumpkin in a glass dish with water for baking in the oven.  I filled the pumpkin with cut up steaks, onions, mushroom, and green peppers that was already cooked along with the vegetable medley and put the cap back on.

I filled the baking dish half full with water and I should have rubbed some canola oil on the outside of the pumpkin, but forgot.  Occasionally, I checked to make sure that the dish had water in it.

I guessed at the oven temperature and thought that 400 degrees F was too high.  I compromised and set the oven at 380 degrees F and baked it for an hour.  To check to see if the pumpkin was soft, I inserted a toothpick in its side.

Source:  Another blogger who is in Margareta's circle or who has me in her circle.

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