What to do with a Pumpkin?

Make Pumpkin Stew!

My friend Melanie made a pumpkin stew for my roommate and me back when I lived in St. George, Utah. I had never heard of such a dish, and I remember being a little apprehensive about trying it. It was yummy and festive all at the same time!

So, last Saturday we bought a pumpkin at Tolmachoff Farms and had Pumpkin Stew on Sunday, thanks to Melanie for sending me her recipe. First, I browned the stew meat. Then I peeled carrots and potatoes, diced some onion, and combined the meat and veggies in a large pot (along with diced tomatoes). For seasonings, the recipe called for minced garlic, salt, pepper, beef bouillon, and a clove. Add some water and let the stew simmer for 2 hours. I didn’t have 2 hours, so I let it simmer long enough to cook the vegetables.

While the stew was cooking, Stephen cut a lid in our pumpkin and hollowed it out. Next, came the fun part. We put the pumpkin on a baking sheet, ladled the stew into the pumpkin, and put it in the oven to bake for 2 hours. (Yes, this dish takes a LONG time to cook.) Since my oven seems to cook things faster than recipes indicate, our pumpkin stew was done in about an hour and a half.

To serve, we used a spoon to scrape the cooked pumpkin from the sides into the stew. Happy Harvest!

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3 Responses to What to do with a Pumpkin?

  1. Laura A says:

    I saw you in short sleeves and thought doesn’t she know it is fall? Oh yeah…you live in the desert :) This stew looks intriguing!

  2. Sue Winkler says:

    That stew looks good, your going to have to tell me how it turns out, We might fry it.

  3. Sue Winkler says:

    sorry, slip of the finger, I wanted to type in t for try instead it came out as fry.Just thought I’ll clear that up. Looked good though.

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