Have You Heard of Fuke Zuke Kabocha?

My friend Aileen Fuke made a stuffed kabocha for me once and I loved it. I asked her for the recipe and it was so incredibly easy! It is something that is easy to make for potlucks and parties. I recently had the perfect opportunity to make this dish. I had just harvested some kabocha from my garden and I also got invited to a party. This is how to make this super easy and super yummy dish. Put the kabocha in a bowl with just a little water and microwave the whole kabocha for about 2 minutes to soften it so that it is easy to cut.

When it is cook enough to handle, cut around the stem so that you have a lid. Scoop out the seeds and strings. (If you want to grow your own kabocha, throw the seed fillings out into your yard where you have some room for a kabocha patch.) In a bowl, mix ground pork with a can of Fukujinzuke Tokyozuke style. My kabocha was small so I used about half a pound of ground pork with one 5.29 oz can of fukujinzuke. If you have a larger kabocha, you can use more pork and add more fukujinzuke. Stuff the pork mixture into the kabocha and replace the lid. Cover the kabocha with plastic wrap and microwave it for about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your kabocha.

That is it! Super easy, right? Living Hilo Style!


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