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Preparing the Pumpkin for Pumpkin Beef Stew

First, preheat the oven to 350°. Next, use a sharp kitchen knife to cut the top off of the pumpkin. The cut at the top needs to be big enough for ladling the stew into it for presentation and out of it for serving. So it’s a bigger hole than if you’re making a Jack o’lantern.

Then take a sturdy large spoon and scrape the inside of the pumpkin to remove the seeds and “guts”.

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Scrape the inside of the pumpkin with a big spoon to remove the seeds and stringy stuff.

When the pumpkin is cleaned out, use a pastry brush to brush cooking oil all over the inside and outside of the pumpkin.

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Place the pumpkin in a baking pan large enough to hold it. Don’t use a disposable aluminum baking pan. The pumpkin is too heavy for it. Bake the pumpkin at 350° for about 45 minutes to one hour.

The pumpkin is ready when a fork easily pierces the flesh, but it’s still firm. It’s important to not overcook the pumpkin. It needs to be firm enough to hold the stew and stand on its own.

How to Make Beef Stew

In a large stock pot, brown in cooking oil 2 pounds of beef stew meat. When the meat is browned, add (cut into hearty chunks) 1 medium onion, 3-4 carrots, 2-4 ribs of celery, and 3-4 potatoes.

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Looks like a purple potato made its way into the stew!

Put 5-6 whole bay leaves and 1 tablespoon of whole allspice into an herb infuser.

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Next, place the herb infuser in the pot of stew.

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Herb infusers are perfect for when you want to flavor foods with whole herbs and spices without having to dig through the dish later to fish them out.

Bring the stew just to a boil on high. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes until the meat and vegetables are tender.

Thickening the Pumpkin Beef Stew

Just before placing the stew in the pumpkin, remove the herb infuser. Then remove about a cup of the broth and put it into a small bowl. A little at a time, add ½ a cup of all-purpose flour.

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Whisk in the flour until there are no lumps and the broth is thickened.

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Pour the thickened broth back into the stew and stir. Continue to simmer the stew for about 5 minutes until it is thickened to a hearty consistency.

Serving Pumpkin Beef Stew

Place the baked pumpkin on a large, sturdy serving platter. When the stew is thickened, carefully ladle it into the pumpkin. Place Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits on the tray all around the Pumpkin Beef Stew.

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Pumpkin Beef Stew served with Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, Orange Marmalade and Maple Fig Butters, and Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies.
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Pumpkin Beef Stew is a lot of fun to take to a potluck! Just wait until you arrive at your destination before putting the stew into the pumpkin.

I hope you have fun with this recipe! Let me know how yours turns out!

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