Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Face Stew - pumpkin flavor "hidden" in a robust gravy...

Puff pastry makes just about anything extra interesting - especially when cut in the shape of a jack-o-lantern... This stew is extra hearty also because one of the ingredients is pumpkin. The rich orange/gold gravy bubbling beneath the flaky pastry makes you reach for your fork.

This is a mouthwatering stew perfect for fall - and especially for Halloween. Easy to make ahead and freeze for meals for one. Cut any shape into the puff pastry - autumn leaves, a ghost, etc... with fall cookie cutters. The pastry hangs on tightly to the edge of the ramekin by brushing lightly with an egg wash before topping it.

The stew is a favorite I shared a few weeks ago (Hunter's Stew) - with a few extra ingredients to add that vivid pumpkin color. Keep in a warm oven so others can serve themselves on a busy evening.

It smells as good as it looks...

For this recipe, links, and step-by-step photos - go to: ("empty nest" tab)

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