Looking for easy recipes? This is a favorite of holiday winter meals. Halloween stew baked in a pumpkin shell recipe makes a great presentation and centerpiece for your fall themed entertaining dinner table. Turn your family fun trip to the pumpkin patch, (we love these priceless moments memories as captured above), into a search for your serving pot! Recipe by LOAR contributor Diane Bittiker.
HALLOWEEN STEW BAKED IN A PUMPKIN SHELL recipe
• Select a pumpkin that will fit in your oven, clean it out very well, salt the inside and dry very well.
• You can use your favorite beef, lamb or even veggie stew recipe. They all work just fine. The key is to cook the stew almost completely in a Dutch oven and then transfer to the pumpkin shell for the final bake.
One of my favorite recipes
2 Lbs. beef stew meat
2 cups peeled potatoes – cut into bite sized chunks
2 cups carrots cut into chunks
1 onion chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup red wine
1 & ½ cups Bloody Mary mix
3 TBSP dry Tapioca
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp pepper
1. Combine all of the above in a Dutch oven. (No browning necessary). Bake 4 hours at 275 degrees. It makes more gravy as it cooks – similar to a slow cooker.
2. Place the prepared pumpkin shell on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Pour the hot cooked stew into the shell, place the pumpkin cover on and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 & 1/2 hours. Test with a fork to check the pumpkin for doneness. The house will start to smell delicious!
• Have your little goblins and witches go out into the yard to collect colorful fall leaves and pine cones and any other fall decorations that can be added to table when the stew is served. The shell is an amazing insulator for the stew. It stays warm for hours.
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
by Diane Bittiker
Originally posted October 18, 2008; reposted November 16, 2015 with updated information