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El ingrediente de esta semana es la calabaza “cubana”. Desde el principio del blog hago un plato cada semana con el ingrediente elegido.
There are many types of pumpkins and you can take advantage of them all to make either savory or sweet dishes. My favorite ones are the “Cuban” pumpkins, those big ones very orangey inside. I can have them just boiled with a little mojo on top.
Pumpkins are very healthy food. Because of its high water content is used as a diuretic, they are low in calories, and its content of vitamins A, B and C is very high. Besides that they contain minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium.
I have taken the inspiration for today’s recipe from the book The Illustrated Dukan Diet (Spanish Edition), which is part of the collection of the famous Dr. Dukan diet method that has made loss weight to celebrities like Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez. But, from the book I’ve taken only the idea of stuffing the pumpkin, as well as the time and temperature for cooking, but the ingredients inside are very Cuban. So let’s make Cuban Style Pumpkin Stuffed with Ground Beef.
It’s very easy to made, serves 2 to 3 people and is ready in 50 minutes to prepare.
½ medium pumpkin
½ pound of lean ground beef
½ white onion
½ green pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 pinch of smoked Spanish paprika
½ tsp. cumin
1 bunch of cilantro
½ cup pitted green or black olives
Preheat oven to 465°F.
Clean the inside half of the pumpkin with a spoon, removing the seeds, wash it and place it on a tray in center of oven for 20 minutes.
In the meanwhile, prepare the stuffing. Chop well the onion, garlic, green pepper, and the cilantro and slice the olives. Keep them separate.
Marinate the ground beef with salt, cumin, and paprika. Mix with the chopped onion, pepper and garlic. Cook over medium heat in a skillet until the meat change its color, stirring constantly. Add the olives and canned tomatoes (including juice). Add more salt if necessary and pepper to taste. When the sauce is almost completely reduced, add the cilantro and mix well.
When the pumpkin is cooked, take it out of the oven, fill it with the prepared meat and return it to the trade into the oven. Cook another 30 minutes.
You can add raisins at the time of adding olives and tomato. I thought it would be a little sweet, since the pumpkin is kind of sweet already, but I’m sure many would love it like that.