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Have you ever considered the possibility of enjoying a 'dinner in a pumpkin'? Yes, you read it right! This innovative approach to a dinner main course is not only a delightful conversation starter but also a great way to celebrate the pumpkin season. This unique dish, chock-full of vegetables, lean ground turkey, and flavorful brown rice, housed in a medium size pumpkin, will surely be a family tradition that you'll be eager to pass down.

Dinner in a pumpkin is a delightful, innovative recipe that combines the seasonal charm of pumpkin with a delicious, hearty filling. A perfect symbol of harvest and an ideal main course, this unique dinner begins with a medium-sized pumpkin which is hollowed out and filled with a tasty mixture of sautéed vegetables, lean ground turkey, and brown rice. After prepping, the pumpkin is baked at 350 degrees F for around 1 hour, until the inside meat of the pumpkin is tender. The result? A visually stunning, nutrition-packed dinner that promises a memorable dining experience. Remember, dinner in a pumpkin isn't just a meal, it's a seasonal celebration on your dinner table!

Crafting a Perfect Dinner in a Pumpkin

First, let's tackle the fun task of creating this delicious dinner. Keep in mind that the size of the pumpkin matters. You're looking for a medium pumpkin, preferably one that fits comfortably inside your oven. I know this from long-time experience. Trust me, you don't want to have your beautiful pumpkin cut in half because it's too big to roast!

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I say BRING ON THE PUMPIN! This Dinner in a Pumpkin recipe is the perfect (and most delicious) way to use your fall pumpkins.

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Ingredients and Supplies

To successfully prepare this dinner in a pumpkin, you'll need some essential ingredients and kitchen supplies.

Supplies needed:

  • A good quality large skillet
  • A sharp knife
  • Large bowl for mixing ingredients
  • Spoon for scooping mixture
  • Baking sheet or a cookie sheet with raised edges
  • Aluminum foil
  • Heat-resistant gloves

Here are the delicious ingredients that you'll need to create this magical meal:

  1. 1 medium size pumpkin
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 2 cups chopped assorted vegetables, such as celery, carrots, onions, green pepper, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, etc.
  4. 1 pound lean ground turkey
  5. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  6. 1 (14.5-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  7. 2 cups prepared brown rice

Optional ingredients for an added twist: water chestnuts, cream of mushroom soup, and a sprinkle of brown sugar for a hint of sweetness.

How to Prep Your Dinner in a Pumpkin

Preparing this recipe is simpler than it looks. It's a perfect Halloween dinner, a symbol of harvest, and a great treat anytime during the pumpkin season.

Here is your step-by-step guide:

  1. Start by cutting off the top of the pumpkin. Be careful to keep the pumpkin top intact as you'll need it later.
  2. Clean out the pulp and seeds from the inside of the pumpkin. Save those pumpkin seeds for some tasty treats later!
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Using a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add your chosen vegetables and sauté until tender.
  5. Next, add your lean ground turkey into the skillet. Break up the meat into small pieces and cook until browned.
  6. Stir in your soy sauce, cream of chicken soup, and cooked brown rice. Mix well in the large bowl to create a hearty casserole.
  7. Spoon your mixture into the cleaned pumpkin shell. Replace the pumpkin top.
  8. Place your entire pumpkin on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the inside meat of the pumpkin is tender.

Cooking Tip: It's essential to adjust your cooking time based on the size of the pumpkin and your oven. Ensure the pumpkin is placed on the lower rack of the oven to cook evenly.

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Make the Most of Your Dinner in a Pumpkin

Here's how you can maximize this delicious recipe:

  • Get Creative with Add-ons: Add additional ingredients like water chestnuts or substitute ground beef for ground turkey. You can also sprinkle some brown sugar on top before serving for a subtle sweet kick.
  • Reuse the Pumpkin Seeds: Don't throw away the pumpkin seeds! Roast them for a healthy snack or use them as a crunchy salad topping.
  • Maximize the Pumpkin: Remember to scrape the sides of the pumpkin while serving. The cooked pumpkin flesh tastes like spaghetti squash, making it a delicious part of your meal.

Key Takeaways: Making the Most of Your Pumpkin Dinner

  • A medium pumpkin is an ideal size for this recipe.
  • Customize your dinner in a pumpkin by adding different vegetables or spices to suit your taste.
  • The pumpkin seeds can be roasted for a nutritious snack.
  • Scoop the inside of the pumpkin while serving to enjoy the cooked pumpkin flesh.

A New Twist on a Traditional Favorite

Imagine the delight and surprise on your guests' faces when you serve this unique dish. The scent of a warm, hearty dinner filling your home as the pumpkin bakes, the anticipation as you lift the pumpkin top, and the satisfied smiles around the dinner table. It's more than just a meal; it's an experience, a new twist on a favorite family tradition.

So, next time you're at the grocery store, pass by the pumpkin spice lattes, walk past the pumpkin pie spice, and head straight for the medium size pumpkins. It's time to make your dinner in a pumpkin!

This Halloween, why not make your jack o'lanterns a little more delicious? Or start a family tradition with a delicious weeknight dinner or a special treat for Halloween night. This dinner in a pumpkin is not just a meal but an experience to remember, and definitely a recipe that will be asked for over and over again. Enjoy the pumpkin season to the fullest with this great recipe!

You can serve your dinner in a pumpkin alongside some green beans, a cup of coffee, or even some Halloween candy for dessert. The best part about this meal is its versatility. No matter what you choose to pair it with, this dinner in a pumpkin will surely bring a smile to everyone's face.

Remember to always keep the spirit of the pumpkin season alive, whether it's carving a jack o’lantern, sipping on a pumpkin spice latte, or preparing your delicious dinner in a pumpkin. It's a great way to celebrate this time of year, the symbol of harvest, and to keep family traditions going.

Embrace the season, and happy cooking!

Note: Check the size of your oven to make sure the pumpkin will fit.

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Dinner in a Pumpkin

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Author: Melissa Au


  • 1 medium pumpkin see note
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped assorted vegetables such as celery, carrots, onions, green pepper, sweet potatoes,
  • mushrooms etc.
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 14.5-ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups prepared
  • brown rice


  • Cut off the top of the pumpkin and thoroughly clean out pulp and seeds.
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • degrees F.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add assorted veggies, and sauté until
  • tender.
  • Add meat, breaking up into small pieces and cooking until browned.
  • Stir in soy sauce,soup, and cooked brown rice. Mix well.
  • Spoon mixture into cleaned pumpkin shell.
  • Replace pumpkin top and place entire pumpkin on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 1 hour, or until inside meat of the pumpkin is tender.
  • After you scoop out the yummy stuff inside, don’t forget to scrape out the insides of the pumpkin! It tastes just like spaghetti squash!
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