Argentine Beef Stew in a Pumpkin | Carbonada en Zapallo
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Carbonada en Zapallo is a traditional Christmas dish in Argentina, it also makes a wonderful dish for Halloween or Thanksgiving potlucks.It’s best to bake the pumpkin on something you can use for serving because trying to lift a softened pumpkin full of soup … well, let’s just say it begs to crack in half and spill everywhere. If this is not an option, roast the pumpkin on a baking sheet until well browned – about an hour and fifteen minutes, remove to serving platter and fill with completely cooked soup right before serving.
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Argentine Beef Stew in a Pumpkin | Carbonada en Zapallo
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Carbonada en Zapallo is a traditional Christmas dish in Argentina, it also makes a wonderful dish for Halloween or Thanksgiving potlucks.It’s best to bake the pumpkin on something you can use for serving because trying to lift a softened pumpkin full of soup … well, let’s just say it begs to crack in half and spill everywhere. If this is not an option, roast the pumpkin on a baking sheet until well browned – about an hour and fifteen minutes, remove to serving platter and fill with completely cooked soup right before serving.
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 gallon 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 large pumpkin (10 to 12-inch diameter)
  • 1.5 lbs stew beef , cubed (chuck works well)
  • 1 large onions , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1 green bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped
  • 2 small sweet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 russet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 roma tomatoes , chopped
  • 2 ears corn on the cob , cut into 6-8 round segments
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots , diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • vegetable oil
Servings: gallon
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Instructions
Prepare the pumpkin:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Meanwhile, Cut the top off the pumpkin. If you are able to get a large one, as I did, you can cut it about 1/3 of the way down so that it is wide but shallow. Remove the strings and seeds – I find it helpful to use a paring knife to cut smooth the top four inches of the inner edge for presentation. Brush the cut edges with vegetable oil. Roast the oven for about 45 minutes.
For the soup:
  1. Add about 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to a large pot over high heat. Add the beef, stirring a couple of times to ensure even browning. If there is excess liquid, it will need to boil off before the meat begins browning.
  2. Reduce the heat, then add the onions and garlic. Once translucent, add the peppers and continue cooking for about five minutes. Add on the potatoes, tomatoes, corn, apricot, oregano, and bay leaves. Cover with 8 cups of broth.
  3. Simmer gently until the vegetables are just tender – about 30 minutes. Season to taste. Ladle into the pumpkin in the oven and bake 30 more minutes to finish cooking . Serve hot, on a chilly day. Spoon with some of the pumpkin flesh into each bowl.