Community Thanksgiving Dinner

December 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

Earlier this week we enjoyed a belated Thanksgiving dinner with two other couples (and children).  All of us had been somewhere other than at home for Thanksgiving, so we decided to share a meal together close to home.  We all brought yummy (and healthy) contributions , and we all took home a fair share of leftovers–great idea we thought.  Such a good idea we plan to do it again next year!

One of my dishes that was a definite “hit” was a baked pumpkin stuffed with nuts, dried fruits, spices, honey.  I cut the top off the pumpkin, scooped out as much of the insides as I reasonably could (our chickens were happy), then began layering pecans, raisins, dried apples, a few almonds, pumpkin seeds, and prunes.  When it was as full as I wanted, I drizzled some honey over the top and added cinnamon and fresh-ground nutmeg.  Then I placed it on a baking tray, put the top back on it, and baked at a low oven (around 250-275F) for an hour-and-a-half or so.  It’s not a recipe, really, just a process, and amounts and times vary according to personal taste and size of your pumpkin.  When the pumpkin was tender (a sharp knife inserted into the side will tell you), I removed it from the oven.  It seemed to stay quite warm until serving just with the top on.  It wasn’t a sweet dish, but it was very tasty–a nice complement to a traditional Thanksgiving celebration.

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