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Pumpkin and Potato Stew


Embrace the spirit of Halloween and fall harvest by serving up this Boo! Pumpkin and Potato Stew. Mashed potatoes are piped into the shape of deliciously spooky ghosts and topped with green pea eyes. 


4LargeRusset potatoes, peeled and chopped
1⁄2CupWhole milk
2OunceCream cheese
2TablespoonUnsalted butter
 UnknownKosher salt and black pepper
2TablespoonOlive oil
1 1⁄2PoundBeef stew meat
 UnknownSalt and black pepper
3 1⁄2CupCubed baking pumpkin (1/2-inch pieces)
1LargeYellow onion, chopped
2CloveGarlic, minced
1⁄4CupTomato paste
1⁄4CupAll-purpose flour
1 1⁄2CupLow-sodium beef broth
1⁄2CupMilk, whole
1CupFrozen peas, plus extra for garnish


For the potatoes:

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender.

Drain and place them in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a regular bowl and use a handheld mixer or mash by hand). Add the milk, cream cheese and butter and beat until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside 

For the stew:

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef, season with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides.

Add the pumpkin, onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add the tomato paste and mix. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and return the pot to the stove. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the flour to the pot and whisk for about 1 minute.

Add the beef broth and milk and whisk until thickened over a simmer, about 5 minutes. Add the beef mixture back into the pot with the peas and stir to combine.

Spoon the mixture into a large cast-iron skillet or baking dish.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pumpkin is tender and the sauce is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes to cool.

Place the mashed potatoes in a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the end snipped off. Pipe potatoes in the shape of a ghost on top of the stew. Garnish with the peas as the “eyes."


6 Servings
SourcePhoto and Recipe courtesy of Potatoes USA
Prep time45 minutes
Cook time35 minutes