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« on: November 02, 2008 06:04:42 PM »





While shopping for a pumpkin in order to roast the seeds, I started chatting with the gal at the farm stand. She told me that they had 2 kinds of pumpkins and that one was better for seeds and one was better for pies... or making shepherd's pie. Well, I couldn't let that get by me, so I asked her how...

Get a medium-sized pumpkin and cut off the top (cut a wide opening). Scoop out the seeds and scrape out all of the stringy bits with a strong metal spoon. Sprinkle in some brown sugar (I rubbed it around on the inside, and also sprinkled in a little cinnamon and nutmeg). Then, layer in your shepherd's pie ingredients. I cooked up some ground beef with onion (took about 1/2 to 3/4 pound), put in some frozen corn with a few dots of butter, then added in the frozen carrot/pea mix (which I never usually put in shepherd's pie... but I was leaving out the potatoes, so I needed something). I added a few more dots of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then, I wrapped the lid in foil, and placed it on top. I put the whole pumpkin in a glass dish (I used a pie plate, but a metal cookie sheet with edges would work just as well), and baked it (make sure it fits in the oven... you may have to adjust the shelves) at 350 degrees until the pumpkin was cooked (it took about 2 hours). When serving, scoop out some of the pumpkin along with everything else. Delicious!!

I think the only thing I might change is to put in a small can of creamed corn (we never used it when I was a kid, it was always just frozen corn), to make it a bit "saucier." Although, when the pumpkin got a bit mashed in, it didn't really need it!

Now, I'm thinking I'd like to try a pumpkin stuffed with some ground turkey and cranberries, topped with a bit of stuffing... I'll have to get another pumpkin (and some stuffing)!


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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 06:40:31 PM »

This looks YUMMY!  I have two pie pumpkins and I think one will be a shepherd's pie. Thanks for the great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 03:30:56 PM »

I couldn't believe how good it tasted! I was a bit worried that I put in too much sugar and spices, so I scooped a bit out, and it ended up tasting just right! And, I bought most of the ingredients for my turkey version today... except for the pumpkin...
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008 05:44:09 PM »

I am thinking of combining Shepard's pie and this recipe: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2008/11/roast-pumpkin-with-cheese-fondue because I think the latter will be too rich for my lactose intolerance.  A turkey one sounds yummy too!
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008 04:09:47 PM »

Oooh! That recipe sounds delicious, too! Who knew pumpkins could be so versatile?!
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008 06:14:29 PM »

I love cooking with pumpkin.  The only down side is I live alone and a pumpkin recipe always make a lot of food.  I also like making soup in them.  Toss in the ingredients in a raw hollowed out pumpkin, bake, and when serving scrape the ladle on the side and get big pumpkin curls.  Yum Yum. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008 05:01:18 PM »

I ended up bringing a portion of it into work so I could let some folks taste it. It was a hit!
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2008 05:55:13 PM »

I made a turkey dinner version yesterday! I cooked up some ground turkey (with a dash of Bell's Seasoning), then mixed up a packet of turkey gravy. I divided it between 2 smaller pumpkins (they were pretty much out of pumpkins at the farm stand). Then, I added a layer of corn and a bit of butter, followed by a layer of frozen cranberries topped with brown sugar. I had intended to top it off with some stuffing (Stove Top turkey flavor), but ran out of room, so I just made that up separately.

Except for the texture of the turkey (I must have overcooked it before I put it in), it was delicious!! I brought a pumpkin in to work to share... and it got thumbs up (unless they were just being kind...). But I liked it, so that's what's important!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2008 09:02:29 PM »

That sounds DELICIOUS!  How giving of you to bring in your pumpkin delight into work.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2008 04:48:28 AM »

This sounds like a great idea, I think I'll have to try it. 


One question, was there a reason you left out the potatoes, or was it just personal preference?
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