Smoky Pumpkin Spice Hummus

My Smoky Pumpkin Spice Hummus is a versatile dip that you could have any time of year, but tastes especially great as the season of pumpkin spice everything is upon us.  At our house, we enjoy throwing in popcorn, pretzels and pita chips along with the usual veggies.

Smoky Pumpkin Spice Hummus

1- 16 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1- 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup tahini
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon olive oil
4 teaspoons agave
1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Chile Pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Place all the ingredients (except the pumpkin seeds) into a food processor and blend until smooth. If your hummus is a little thick, add more olive oil.

Place your hummus in a serving bowl.  Garnish with a light sprinkle of chipotle chile pepper and pumpkin seeds. Serve with popcorn, pretzels, pita chips, veggies, etc.

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

A couple weeks ago, I hosted a Noonday Party. It was a fun evening of trying on jewelry, catching up with friends, and noshing on some goodies I had prepared. One appetizer I introduced to the group is my Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie. Let’s just say that there were no crumbs left on the plate.

The way the cranberry pecan topping plays with the brie truly makes happiness. I served the brie with a sliced baguette and crackers. And now this little number will be added to other upcoming festivities this season.

Super easy, great presentation, and a crowd pleasure for sure.

Keep Singing and Dancing during the Holidays,
Amanda

What you Need:

For Brie
1 (8-ounce) wheel brie cheese, rind trimmed
2 T brown sugar, packed

For Cranberry Pecan Drizzle

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 T honey
2 T maple syrup
1 T unsalted butter
1/4 t ground cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place brie on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Place into oven and bake until softened. This should take about 12-15 minutes. Remove brie from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Occasionally stir, until foamy. Then stir in pecans and cranberries.

Serve brie warm topped with pecan mixture. I like to serve with crackers or a baguette.

Oven Fried Pickles

I love Pickles! Slices, spears, and juice. Don’t knock a dill pickle snow cone.  My boys love their pickles too.  On a Friday afternoon, I whipped up this snack before they even knew I was busy in the kitchen.   It was a success complete with an empty plate.  I’m thinking this coating will work nicely with a variety of veggies.  Next up, oven fried jalapeños.   You can take the girl out of Texas, but you cannot take the spice out of the girl! -AF 

Oven Fried Pickles

1 jar dill pickle, slices

2 eggs

1/3 cup flour

1 T Worcestershire sauce

1/2 t hot sauce

1/2 t Tabasco

1 t garlic powder

1 t Cajun seasoning

1 t pepper

1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs

Ranch dressing

Here we go:

Turn oven broiler on high.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and flour. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Tabasco, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and pepper. Mix well.

Place Panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Dunk each pickle slice into the egg mixture, then coat it in the Panko bread crumbs.

Place coated pickles on a baking rack above a baking sheet and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place pan in the middle rack of the oven. Broil for about 3 minutes on each side.

Serve with Ranch dressing