truly amazing ghapama recipe
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2 pound cooking pumpkin
1 1/2 cups of rice
2 1/2 oz of butter
2 1/2 oz of dried plums, apricots, and peaches (no seeds)
1 oz honey
1 oz raisins
7 oz diced apples
Pinch of cinnamon powder
1 oz chopped almonds
Salt to taste

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pumpkin ghapama

Wash pumpkin, cut off top, remove guts and wash again.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cook rice half way. In bowl, mix cooked rice (only half cooked if the rice may turn to mush), washed raisins, dried prunes/apricots/peaches, apples (cubed small), and cinnamon. Mix and stuff pumpkin, pour on honey. Put top of pumpkin back on and bake until soft, about 30 to 45 minutes. (poke pumpkin with toothpick to determine).

Bring pumpkin to table whole and cut it up there to serve it.

Ghapama is a traditional eastern Armenian food, often served during new years and Christmas. It is pumpkin stuffed with rice, dried fruit, raisins, etc. There is a very famous Harout Pamboukjian song about Ghapama.

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