6-8 Hot Beef
Course Britain Europe Dairy Free Eggless
This is a superb family meal which looks great when brought to the table. No
need for any side accompaniments either as the whole meal is contained in the
pumpkin. Don't be put off by the 170 minute timing as most of that is the actual
baking time during which you can be doing something else.
1 Medium Pumpkin
1 tbsp Vegetable
1 Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove,
1 teasp Sugar
2 teasp Dried
Salt and Black
Green Beans, thickly sliced
1. Preheat the
oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.
2. Wash pumpkin,
cut off top at least 5cm/2inches down to leave a wide opening and scrape out
seeds only. Set aside reserving the top.
3. Heat the oil in
a large frying pan, add the onion and garlic and sauté until beginning to
colour. Add the mince and fry over a high heat until browned, breaking it up
with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
4. Add the sugar,
mixed herbs, salt, pepper, stock, Worcestershire Sauce and rice and mix
5. Place 1/3 of
the cabbage and green beans inside the pumpkin then add half the beef and rice
mixture. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of cabbage and beans. Replace lid
(top) and bake for 2 to 2-˝ hours.
6. To serve -
transfer the complete pumpkin to the table and serve straight from the pumpkin
"pot", scooping the flesh from the sides of the pumpkin as you
This is a great
dish for a Halloween or bonfire (Guy Fawkes) party. The bigger the pumpkin the
more it serves. Just remember to increase the filling and cooking time