Today it is wet and miserable. Grey, raining, dull and damp. This is Queensland – but not as advertised – no sunshine today. When the weather changes our food preferences also change; roasts, soups, casseroles and all those comforting and nurturing foods spring to mind. What would winter be without a Magic Pumpkin?
This surprise meal had a big novelty factor that had the kids gobbling it up and wanting more. It makes a great Picnic item that is easily transported, cut into wedges and eaten in the hands. Too easy. But wait, theres more….. I have also used it as the centrepiece on a Halloween buffet……or a Cinderella Princess party.
Oh and did I mention it is also cheap, easy to make and practically fool proof?
The secret to its magical success is not to let any little people see how it is made…. sure let them see normal everyday pumpkin being prepared for a meal…but never let them see this being prepared or the magical food factor will be lost forever. Equally as important – this must be cut and served where they can see.
OK… here we go
You will need
- 1 Pumpkin (size matters – so it depends on how many people you are feeding)
- Mince (Beef, Chicken, Pork etc)
- Whatever else you use in your favourite meatloaf mix
- Carefully cut the top off the pumpkin. You can straight cut this or flute it.
- Using a spoon remove all the seeds and stringy bits.
- Make your meat loaf mix and stuff into the pumpkin. (You will need to estimate quantities to fit your Chosen pumpkin)
- Replace lid and use toothpicks or skewers to secure lid in place.
- Place pumpkin in a roasting dish and cook until done (about 1½ Hours depending on size)
- Remove toothpicks and put onto a plate onto a plate for service.
- In front of the little people (and with a abracadabra or a Ta Da!!!!) cut wedges of pumpkin revealing not pips…but meatloaf inside….WOW!!!!
- Serve with Tomato Sauce.
- If making this for a picnic at step 6 Cool and Refrigerate until required. Pack in a bowl for transport then cut into wedges at your favourite picnic site. This is great for a winter picnic with a thermos of soup.
- You can also use a vegetarian Meatloaf mix to stuff this
- These can also be made as individual serves using those cute little mini pumpkins
- Growing up my Mum did a similar dish in a large Vegetable Marrow
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