Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Stew

Here are my prize pumpkins!   No, they have not entered any contests but they've won the prize of my heart.  I nurtured them from a young seedling, watched them sprout and grow.  They are beautiful! And will remain that way until Monday, when I come at them with a carving knife.
It's been a family tradition to carve jack-o-laterns.  Growing up we've tried to carve to most difficult images possible just to see the awe of the trick-or-treaters and parents as they climb our porch steps.
Last year as I started cleaning up the mess from carving, and not wanting to toss the little pieces of fresh pumpkin.  I started thinking, "There must be something healthy yet tasteful I can do with them." And thus came..."Pumpkin Stew."
It was a hit, everyone loved it!!!  This is now in the vault of my secret recipes.  But it's nearing that time of year when we're all reminded to be a little more gracious and to serve our neighbors better.  So I am sharing my sacred delight with you!
Remember this recipes only uses the scraps of pumpkin, whatever pieces you have left from carving is sufficient.  Then after Halloween don't toss your jack-o-lantern either.  I will show you how to make that into your thanksgiving pie.

Pumpkin Stew:

2 lb. stew meat cut into 1" cubes
3 T. Canola oil, divided
3 large potatos cubed
4 medium carrots, sliced
1 large green pepper, cut into 1.2" slices
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, jullianned
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper, divided
1. c. water
2 T. beef bouillon granules
2 c. pumpkin carving scraps finely chopped
8 oz. condensed tomato soup + 2 Tb. water
3 tsp. basil

Brown meat in a skillet with 2 T. of oil.  Brush 1 T. of oil inside a large crock pot coating well the bottom and sides. Add potatoes, carrots, green peppers, garlic, onion, 1/2 tsp. pepper, water and bullion. Then place the meat on top.  Cook on low 2 hours. Place pumpkin pieces in crock pot. Pour tomato soup over top and sprinkle basil and remaining pepper on.  Cook until pumpkin and veggies are tender. (aprox 2 more hours.)  Stir and serve.


  1. Here returning the dance, and I'm so glad I did. This looks amazing!! Definitely going to make during the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by my blog and gracias for this great recipe. BB2U

  2. This is definitely something that sounds interesting, and delicious too. I never would have thought to add pumpkin to a stew recipe, but now that I think about it -- I bet it is really good. I love different things; kinds of recipes. So this is a "must make".

    Happy Halloween! I'm coming at you LIVE from SITS Blogtober. It's nice to eMeet you!

    1. Nice to meet you too! I'm so glad you stopped by and got some recipe inspiration.