dinner in a pumpkin

dinner in a pumpkin | teachmama.comThis New for Us Friday isn’t really new–that’s the funny thing.

I’ve made Dinner in a Pumpkin for the last two years as our Halloween night dinner.

But when we hollowed out the extra pumpkin on Wednesday as we carved our Jack-O’-Lanterns, Maddy, Owen, and Cora said that they never, ever, ever had dinner in a pumpkin, especially not on Halloween.

You mean ‘pumpkin pie? Owen asked me.

No. Dinner in a pumpkin. Remember, meat, teeny mushrooms, rice, all cooked in a pumpkin that Mommy drew a face on? C’mon, it was soooo good. Everyone thought it was funny and strange to have our meal come out of a pumpkin. Remember?


Cora I can understand not remembering, but Maddy and Owen? Seriously? I bet if it was a pumpkin-shaped pizza they’d remember. Now there’s an idea for next year. . .

  • Dinner in a Pumpkin: I found this recipe several years ago in the Post, and I love it. I thought the kids loved it, too, but apparently it didn’t leave much of an impression on them.

Several of my friends have asked for the Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe, so here it is to share: pumpkin dinner recipe. Please, if you do share, link to this post and not the recipe itself. 

This dinner is easy to prepare ahead, since it is something that does take a little bit of time, and everyone knows there’s no time for cooking on Halloween night. We will actually eat this Saturday before Trick-Or-Treating.

We prepared the pumpkin on Wednesday, and Thursday, Owen and Cora watched–and tasted–as I prepared the meat filling. Button mushrooms? Yum. Water chestnuts. Double yum.

our happy little pumpkin

After it cooled, I drew a face on the meat-filled pumpkin, and Saturday I’ll throw the big guy in the oven for about 30-45 minutes to bake for the final time before we pound the pavement in search of candy.

No, they haven’t actually eaten this particular meal yet, so this New For Us Friday is a little bit backward, since Maddy, Owen, and Cora actually did have this before but just don’t remember it. Does that make it something ‘new’–I’m not sure. Kind of? Anyway. . .

I thought that I’d share it today in the spirit of Halloween and fun family traditions.
Have a great one!

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  1. Tech Savvy Mama says

    Yum! Of course I'm a little late for Halloween but we do have one uncarved pumpkin left so I might just do this as a post-Halloween dinner! Thanks for the great idea and recipe!

  2. The girl with the flour in her hair says

    Wow! This is a great idea! I've never heard of this before…I'm lazy and just order a pizza! (But I'm usually so full from sneaking the candy out of the trick or treater bowl that I don't eat anyway…hee hee.)

    Stopping by from SITS!

  3. Weezer says

    Stopping by from the SITS Parade. Downloaded your recipe for Dinner in a Pumpkin. It sounds marvelous, and more interesting than the hotdogs that we've had for……..oh, +20 year every Halloween. Love your blog.


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