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Meat Loaf in a Pumpkin


  • 1 (6- or 7-inch diameter) pumpkin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs


  1. Cut top from pumpkin; remove seeds. Place pumpkin in baking pan; add about 1-inch hot water. Cover pumpkin and pan with foil.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes until almost tender.
  3. Pour off water, season inside of pumpkin with salt and pepper; spread with about 1 tablespoon mustard and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  4. Combine egg, 2 tablespoons mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ground beef and bread crumbs; mix well. Spoon into pumpkin, packing down lightly.
  5. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, for 45 to 60 minutes, until pumpkin is tender and meat loaf is cooked.
  6. Cut into wedges to serve.

Yield: 6 servings

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