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.

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is easy to put together.  It’s a great addition to so many meals.  We add Pico (for short) to fajitas, tacos, omelets, and sometimes just love it by itself with chips.  The freshness of the flavors add something to each entree.  This is my simple recipe you can add to or take away.  I make it early in the day to let flavors sit for a little while.  This recipes make a lot so feel free to divide ingredients if you want a smaller batch.

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3 white or red onions

12 Roma tomatoes

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves

2 to 3 jalapeños (soak in ice water before using)

1 lime

Salt

Chop up onions and tomatoes. I like to make sure the tomato and onion ratio is about the same.  Chop the cilantro.

Slice 1 or 2 jalapeños in half.  I always wear gloves when chopping jalapeños.  With a spoon, scrape out the seeds and membranes. (If you want it spicy, leave in some of the white membranes.) Finely chop the jalapeños.

Combine onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños in one bowl.

Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice from half a lime the bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and stir together until combined.   Do a taste test.  You can make adjustments to your  pico de gallo by adding more jalapeños, salt, or lime.

The Most Addictive Dip, EVER

Playoffs, Football, Tailgating and Food!  This is the time of year that you are invited to football watching parties even if you don’t like football.  But there is usually yummy food. Only good comes from that.

This year when you need to bring an appetizer that will say, “I came to play!” this is your dip.  It is seriously the most addictive dip I have ever eaten.  So there is BACON, we all know that means VICTORY.  Then all the other goodness is in there too.  One friend, while trying to talk through moaning over the yumminess, said “It is like all the best toppings of a baked potato.”  Yes, wipe your face, it is!

No matter what team you are cheering for, everyone will be calling you the winner for this dip!

Looking Forward,
Amanda

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The Most Addictive Dip, EVER

5 green onions, chopped
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 t Tony’s Chachere Creole seasoning
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
½ cup sliced almonds

Take all the above ingredients and mix them together.  Once all ingredients are well blended together, stick in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.  Serve with crackers.

Creamy Blanco Queso

The countdown is on to the Super Bowl. I wanted to share another yummy appetizer to share at your party. Change it up a little with Blanco Queso. Yummy and you can spice it up with jalapeños. Serve it up with a side of salsa or guacamole.   Everyone loves to munch during the game!  If you still have friends keeping to their New Year’s goals, consider serving up Cauliflower Poppers or Zucchini Fries. Enjoy creating your Super Bowl menu! -Amanda

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Creamy Blanco Queso

8 oz block regular cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 T salted butter 1 (4oz can) green chiles
1 T jalapeños, minced fine (optional)
4-6 T milk
3 Tablespoons water

In a crockpot combine the cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, butter, green chiles and jalapeños. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir the mixture until well combined and then add a Tablespoon of milk and water at a time until you reach the desired consistency. (this is all up to you on consistency!) Cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and combined.
Keep cheese dip in the crockpot on the warm setting until ready to serve. Check on it and occasionally stir throughout the serving. Serve with tortilla chips or warm tortilla.

Layered Mexican Dip

Superbowl is this week!  Whether you are cheering for The Seahawks or The “Ball Deflated” Patriots, (or just excited about the commercials and halftime!), everyone wants something fun to munch on.  I will share a few of my “party dips” and highlight some recipes from the past. My Layered Mexican Dip has evolved over the years.  I started with a simple 5 layers and just kept adding stuff.  There is no right or wrong to this recipe.  Delete or add any ingredients that fit your tastes.  Just have good tortilla chips!    -Amanda

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1 (16oz) can refried beans
2 T taco seasoning
1 cup Guacamole or pre-made avocado dip (6 oz) carton
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chiles, undrained
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream
2 tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese
1 (4 1/4 oz) can sliced ripe olives, drained

Combine beans and taco seasoning mix.  Spread in a deep dish pie plate or casserole dish.  Layer dip and remaining ingredients in order listed.  I make this dip ahead and refrigerate until party time.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Can’t Stop Spinach Artichoke Dip

Most weekends around 4 o’clock this house is ready for an appetizer.  We love homemade dips.  This past weekend I tried a different version of spinach dip.  Easy and delicious.  All the seasonings and marinated artichokes dance together to create a perfect appetizer.  So worth sharing and creating again!  Enjoy!- Amanda

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Can’t Stop Spinach Artichoke Dip

8 oz. cream cheese

1/3 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayo

1 pkg. frozen, chopped spinach (thawed)

2 jars of marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped

1/2 t Garlic salt

1 T Chili powder (you may want to add more!)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + 1/2 cup for topping

Make sure your spinach is throughly thawed.  Use paper towels to press out the excess water.  Warm cream cheese for about 2 minutes on 50% heat.  This will make it easy to mix your dip up.  Now mix all ingredients in a baking dish, and sprinkle on a bit more mozzarella.  Broil until the cheese is browned. Serve with crackers, celery, radishes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken wings scream Super Bowl.  Mix it up a little this year with an epic dip.  Your guests will clean the dish before Madonna starts singing.  Prepare to develop an addiction!  -AF

Buffalo Chicken Dip

4 boneless chicken breast (about 2 lb.)

2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 (16 oz) bottle of ranch salad dressing (you can use blue cheese)

1 (12 oz) bottle Frank’s hot sauce

8 oz. shredded monterey jack or combination cheese

Boil the chicken in water until cooked through.  Drain and shred.

In a 9 X 13-inch baking pan, combine chicken with hot sauce, spreading to form an even layer.  In a large saucepan over medium heat combine cream cheese and ranch dressing.  Stir until smooth and hot.  Pour mixture over the chicken.

Cook, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Then sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers, chips, and celery sticks.  If smaller crowd, divide recipe in half.