Pumpkin and Pork Stew

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Pumpkin and Pork Stew

It’s pumpkin season and there is a lot more things you can do besides make pumpkin pie or muffins!  How about a pumpkin for your Halloween dinner?

IMG_8315What you need: 

  • 1 large to medium sugar pumpkin (also called pie pumpkins)
  • 1 ½ pounds of pork sirloin, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour (I like unbleached)
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ¾ cup celery, chopped
  • 8 crimini mushrooms (the small brown ones) cut into quarters
  • 1 medium zucchini or Mexican summer squash, halved and then sliced
  • 2 large heads of garlic, crushed
  • 2 potatoes cut into ¾ inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup condensed cream of mushrooms soup

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Sugar (pie) pumpkins are usually smaller than the jack-o-lantern pumpkins.

Cut the top off the pumpkin and clean out the seeds and the pulp.  (Click here to see how to cook those seeds!).  Set aside.

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Mix the flour with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Dredge the pork pieces in the mixture.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and brown the pork on all sides.

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Add the remaining ingredients, except for the squash and the soup, and cook until the vegetables are starting to get soft.

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Stir in the mushroom soup and the squash and mix well.

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Place the entire mixture into the pumpkin, put the top on, and place on a large baking sheet.

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Put the sheet into a preheated, 350 degree oven and bake for one hour, until the pumpkin is tender when poked with a fork.

Remove from the oven and let set for about 10 minutes.

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To serve, scoop the stew out with some of the sides of the pumpkin (the meat) and place into serving bowls.  Serve hot with some  rolls.IMG_8314

Makes about 4-6 servings.

 

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21 Responses to Pumpkin and Pork Stew

  1. Jan McDonald says:

    This recipe looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to try it with my “grands” for Halloween!

  2. I love using pumpkin in savory dishes, this stew sounds wonderful, perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

  3. This looks hearty and delicious in addition to being fun! Pinned!

    Visiting via Pretty Pintastic Party!

  4. Claire says:

    This looks so tasty, would love to try it 🙂

    Thanks for joining the weekend blog hop

  5. Dina says:

    Perfect dish for fall! Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays link up. I have also pinned your recipe to our tasty Tuesday’s Pinterest Board. Hope to see you back next week!

  6. Pen says:

    Now I am a rubbish cook but this looks great. I might give it a go.

  7. Pen says:

    Sorry #weekendbloghop

  8. Wow, what a creative recipe that is perfect for the season. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – hope to see you again this weekend.

  9. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday, #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  10. This stew sounds pretty amazing! I might have to take advantage of all of the sugar pumpkins on sale right now and make this! Thanks so much for linking up with us again for Maker’s Mix-Up this week!

    • HelenFern says:

      This is one of my families favorites – it was what I made to show them pumpkins can be savory and not just sweet! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. This looks like a delicious meal option. I love how simple it seems to make.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #FridayFriolity party. We hope to see you next Thursday at 9pm EST.

  13. Dorothy Fulmer says:

    Oh my-this is very good! I had a decorative Pumpkin on my kitchen island let after Thanksgiving. My Pumpkin was shallow & rounder than the one pictured. I removed the stem and sliced it across the center to make 2 pumpkin bowls. The stew was simple to make on my stove top. I filled the pumpkin bowls and covered them with foil & baked them about 15 minutes longer (my veggies were a little firm @ 1 hour) My husband was very impressed! I will definitely make this again! It certainly would be great for company, too! I think it would be nice in 4 little tiny individual pumpkins with the tops cut to serve one entire pumpkin on each plate.

    • HelenFern says:

      I love that this recipe launched you into your own ideas!! And I’m glad you liked it! Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

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