Beef Stew or Stew in a Pumpkin
1 well-shaped 5-6 lb pumpkin
Remove lid of pumkin and retain for later use. Scoop out seeds and stringy portions. Score inside several times. Rub interior surface with salt and pepper. Place pumpkin upside down in large shallow pan; place lid in pan beside pumpkin. Add 1/4 inch water and bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until tender. Remove pumpkin from oven. Drain water and return upright pumpkin to baking pan. Rub inside surfaces with margarine.
Brown onion and garlic in oil. Remove and store on paper towel to
absorb excess oil.
Spoon stew into warm pumpkin. The pumpkin pulp may also be eaten
with the stew.
ALTERNATE: just cook the stew in a large, heavy duty stew pot without the pumpkin.
Serve with french bread or rolls and a green salad.