Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin–But Hold The Pie!
Hello again, friends!
Sorry for no review last week, but there was certainly something to celebrate! My husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary! How wild is that? Can’t believe how quickly two years have gone by. And he still isn’t tired of me trying out all these recipes, even when some of them don’t turn out ;). Nah, it’s been a great year and we’re certainly excited for what year three will bring!
Now, onto the topic of today’s post–the holidays!
Whether you like it or not, the holidays are quickly approaching which means you may be cooking up a storm at your own home, attending a potluck, or traveling somewhere for holiday festivities. Whatever situation you’re in, I know you may be scrolling past many recipes to find just the right thing to make. Main dishes are usually established, but what about your appetizers? Your sides?
This week’s recipe is for a Pumpkin Whipped Feta Dip!
This recipe comes courtesy of Walder Wellness and the recipe can be found right -> here!
Really? More Pumpkin Stuff?
Normally I’d be sick of the stuff by now, but this year I really wanted to see how many different directions can a can of pumpkin puree go. I mean, you can stick with the classic pumpkin pie. You can also make a pumpkin cheesecake dessert or keep things savory by using pumpkin in a stew. Seriously, there’s so much you can do. So with me having way too much pumpkin on my hands, I decided to find a recipe for an appetizer/side that wasn’t so dessert forward.
This recipe is also naturally gluten-free, but we’ll dress it up to serve to be gluten-friendly as well!
This week not only am I testing out this dip recipe, but also a gluten-free bread brand (BFree) that you can order off Amazon. You know, if you’re not on the gluten-free bread baking adventure quite yet.
Is This Going To Cost Me More Time?
You know me by now, I love finding recipes that are quick, easy, and that don’t break the bank. This recipe is definitely one that does not take more than 30 minutes of active cooking time. Just get yourself a large food processor, toss in your feta, Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, and honey. Following the steps, you won’t be messing with this for more than 10 minutes.
This is great if you need to make a side ahead of time. Once everything is blended up, you need to transfer it to a bowl and cover it, so it can set in the fridge for at least 30-60 minutes. It’s that simple!
How’s The Flavor? Too Pumpkin-y?
Pumpkin puree on its own isn’t sweet. Frankly, it’s a bit bland, so the real magic happens when you’re ready to season your mix. With this dip, you have a great flavor combination of salty and little bit sweet. The dip itself isn’t very pumpkin-forward, which is what you’re looking for. The pumpkin flavor is very subtle, but it certainly does add that lovely orange color–perfect for Fall festivities!
While there is only 1 Tbs of honey in this dip, you definitely don’t want to skip out on the toppings. The honey, herbs, and chopped walnuts (I used pecans and it still tasted delicious) add an awesome layer of texture to the dip. Plus–it looks super festive!
How To Serve This Dip?
I’d recommend serving this pumpkin whipped feta dip with some crostini, crackers, and/or veggies! If you’re gluten-free, then there are plenty of gluten-free crackers that would be fantastic for this!
In addition to crackers and veggies, I did decide to try out a gluten-free baguette that requires to be baked for about 9 minutes at 360 F. The final verdict with BFree? Definitely not the same as a traditional baguette, BUT it’s perfect for making crostini. I’d definitely purchase it again.
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
So whether you are cooking for yourself, a party, or the holidays–I most definitely give this dip a firm 5/5. It’s incredibly simple to make, it’s unique in flavor, and it’s a great use of canned pumpkin puree. If you have to make something ahead of time? This also works super well. I mean, I think we can agree now that you cannot go wrong with making this dip.
With all the craze around “board” nights, this would be the perfect pairing for small bites!
Do you have a favorite side or appetizer to make for gatherings? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you all like to make and eat!
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