Having a monster bash at your house this year?
Dinner in a pumpkin could be a smashing success! Graying old ghosts, wicked witches, and creepy little critters alike will gobble up this devilishly delicious main dish. They might even devour the dish itself!
It's frightfully simple to make, bake and serve... all in one great pumpkin. This recipe will easily serve 6 to 8 hungry souls. Add romaine lettuce or other leafy greens to your display.
Select a pumpkin that's slightly flattened on the bottom. It should be sturdy, balanced, and able to easily stand on it's own.
In a large skillet, lightly brown the ground beef, then drain off any fat. Add the chopped onion and chopped green pepper. Saute lightly and drain again. In a large bowl, mix together the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, pork & beans, rice, brown sugar, lemon juice and seasonings. Combine this mixture with the meat mixture. Stir to mix all the ingredients together.
Place the pumpkin on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Spoon the hamburger mixture into the pumpkin cavity. Loosely place the lid on the filled pumpkin. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for one hour. Remove the lid, reduce heat to 300° and bake for one more hour.
Place the filled baked pumpkin on a sturdy tray or cookie sheet. Lay a few romaine lettuce leaves or other leafy greens around the outside of the pumpkin.
When serving, scoop out part of the baked pumpkin with each portion, if desired. Serve with warm, crusty French or Italian bread.
Create a pumpkin patch on your table.... Add another pumpkin full of creamy, delicious Soup in a Pumpkin.
Spooky Spider Cake with a surprise center is perfectly gory dessert if your house will be haunted by a party of younger ghosts!
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