2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons oil
2 large tomatoes, chopped
green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
cup dried apricots
3 white potatoes, peeled and diced
3 sweet potatoes, peeled
2 cups beef broth
1 medium pumpkin
Butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 (16 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
Trim any excess fat from beef and cook with onion and garlic in oil until
meat is browned.
Add tomatoes, green pepper, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, sugar,
apricots, white potatoes, sweet potatoes and broth. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
Meanwhile, cut top off pumpkin and discard. Scoop out seeds and stringy
membrane. Brush inside of pumpkin with butter and sprinkle lightly with salt
and pepper. Stir sherry and corn into stew and spoon into pumpkin shell. Place
shell in shallow pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour, or until pumpkin
meat is tender.
Place pumpkin in large bowl and ladle out stew, scooping out some of pumpkin
with each stew serving.