How to make a delicious dinner in a pumpkin your whole family will love! Although you can use a regular-size pumpkin, making these cute mini versions are perfect for individual servings.
ONE OF THE BEST MINI PUMPKIN RECIPES EVER!
Have you ever wanted to make dinner in a pumpkin? Making dinner in a pumpkin has always been on my Fall bucket list, but I was so intimidated to try!
Until that is, my friend invited us for dinner a few years ago and introduced us to this easy dinner in a pumpkin recipe.
That recipe has been shown up on our dinner table for years now and it's still a favorite. But last year, I had mini pumpkins galore from our garden, so spontaneously decided to make mini pumpkin dinner individual servings.
Are you wondering what to do with mini pumpkins? Make this recipe!
It. Was. Delicious. And in those mini pumpkins...be still my pumpkin-loving heart.
So stop searching for pumpkin dinner recipes because this is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR DINNER IN A PUMPKIN
This recipe is pretty forgiving, meaning if you don't have all the ingredients, you can improvise, adding the veggies you like. Here's what I used:
- cooked shredded chicken
- brown rice
- cream cheese
- chicken broth
- milk (almond or dairy)
PUMPKIN DINNER RECIPE PREPARATION
Unlike this easy dinner in a pumpkin recipe (which is good, easy, but requires cream soup), this from-scratch recipe is still simple, but requires a few extra steps.
The good news is that many of the preparation can be done ahead of time, so that when you are ready to cook dinner in a pumpkin, you can just throw all the ingredients together.
Here's what you can do ahead of time:
- Cook rice and keep in the fridge up to a week in advance.
- Cook and shred chicken. Keep in the fridge or freezer.
- Make the sauce and use directly from the fridge.
With just a little planning ahead, this recipe won't take you hours to make the day of!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COOK?
Once all the pieces of your dinner are prepared (which see above for all you can do ahead of time!), you'll add it to the inside of your pumpkin.
For small pumpkins (like these wee-b-little ones), cook for about 45 minutes. Check and return to the oven until the pumpkin meat is tender.
For a regular, medium-sized carving pumpkin, you'll cook it for about 90 minutes.
I always like to clean out the pumpkin(s) the morning of, so that it's one less step to do during the witching dinner hour. Please tell me I'm not alone in having craziness during dinner prep?
WHERE TO GET THIS CUTE BAT DECOR
Decorations are totally optional, but since your pumpkin dinner will take about an hour to bake, you'll have time to add a few decorations to make your Halloween dinner even more festive!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH DINNER IN A PUMPKIN
Dinner in a pumpkin is a pretty balanced meal if you ask me...you've got protein, grains and veggies all inside! But it never hurts to have a few side dishes to compliment your Halloween dinner.
I hope you'll be brave enough to try making dinner in a pumpkin this year! It really is quite fun, quite simple, and simply delicious!