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Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin

  • 2 cups raw basmati rice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Sherry to cover raisins
  • Pumpkin (cheese pumpkins are the best--smoother) about 12-14 inches
  • 1 stick margerine
  • 3/4 pound apples, peeled and sliced
  • 3/4 pound pears, peeled and sliced
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots--chopped
  • 4 T. rice syrup (optional), or juice concentrate (apple or orange)
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. mace
  • 1/2 t. allspice
  • 1/2 t. cardamom
  • 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper
  • salt to taste
Cook rice, and while doing so, soak raisins.
Preheat oven to 325

Cut top of pumpkin and remove all seeds and strings.
Using a spoon, carefully scrape out a layer of flesh without breaking the shell--about 1 lb

Steam pumpkin meat until tender

Heat 2 T margarine, and saute apples, pears, almonds, and apricots, about 5 min.
Add 2 T rice syrup, spices, cooked rice, steamed pumpkin, and salt

Melt remaining margerine, and stir in remaining rice syrup.
Add a little cinnamon, and brush inside of pumpkin with it.

Spoon filling into pumpkin and replace lid.
Place on oiled baking sheet and bake for one hour.

Place on large platter, and surround with fall-colored flowers, and leaves.

And, that's it!!!

Serve with stuffing, caramel carrots, cranberry sauce, salad, and biscuits....