Hello, everyone! I am so happy to be sharing with you today this Chicken Stew in a Pumpkin Shell — a dish from my beloved Brazil. I hope that y’all are doing well, and that you enjoyed our last creation: Pumpkin Pie with Pecan-Chocolate Topping — a treat inspired by my second home, my dear USA.
Both dishes are featured in our Thanksgiving celebration this year. I hope that they will become a part of your table as well. If you would like to make your chicken stew in a pumpkin shell using turkey, you certainly can. It is also a great way to get rid of Thanksgiving leftovers too.
In Brazil, shrimp stew in a pumpkin shell (camarão na moranga) or jerked beef in a pumpkin shell (carne seca na moranga) are the most popular. But as you see, using other meats such as poultry or fish is not unusual. They are typical dishes from my region, Northeast Brazil, although they are often enjoyed in other regions as well.
Our chicken stew in a pumpkin shell or frango na moranga is naturally gluten-free, as are many dishes from Northeast Brazil, and perfect for a Thanksgiving celebration or the Fall season. In Brazil we do not have a national Thanksgiving holiday set aside, although we are thankful for all that we have on an everyday basis. However, several Brazilian dishes would be lovely to serve during Thanksgiving Day celebrations here because of ingredients shared in common, such as pumpkin.
Now, I do have to say in my home country the pumpkin shell is usually prepared by boiling. However, as a chef I prefer to roast the pumpkin shell instead, in order to preserve both its flavor and texture. If you don’t have access to requeijão (Brazilian cream cheese spread), no worries!!!! You can use American cream cheese like I did.
Brazilians usually make this chicken stew in a medium to large pumpkin shell (family-size) which is later ladled out and served on individual plates. However, you can easily use small pumpkins for making this chicken stew in a pumpkin shell, and then present them as servings for each individual. Can you picture everyone seated at the table, each enjoying their own stew in a pumpkin shell? How cool would that be! That would be a marvelous idea for entertaining.
Well, whether served as a family-sized or as an individual dish, our chicken stew in a pumpkin shell is easy to make, creamy, and delicious.
Now which way will you prefer to serve it???