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Pumpkin Stew
Pumpkin Stew
Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (14-½ ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pumpkin (10 to 12 pounds)

This Halloween recipe from "Taste of Home" magazine was submitted by Donna Mosher of Augusta, Montana.
(8-10 servings)

Directions:

  1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in 2 tablespoons oil. Add water, potatoes, carrots, green pepper, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in bouillon and tomatoes. Wash pumpkin; cut to 6 to 8 in. circle around top stem. Remove top and set aside; discard seeds and loosen fibers from inside.
  2. Place pumpkin in a shallow sturdy baking pan. Spoon stew into pumpkin and replace top. Brush outside of pumpkin with remaining oil. Bake at 325° for 2 hours or just until the pumpkin is tender (do not overbake). Serve stew from pumpkin, scooping out a little pumpkin with each serving.


Cristina’s Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
In a bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
Roast in oven (350°) until toasted. Top with: pomegranate seeds, scallions, jalapenos, crème fraiche or sour cream, and either pumpkin seed oil or walnut oil.

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