Savory Sweet Pumpkin Dip with Pita Crisps
Why I Love This Recipe
This super simple recipe began as a soup, but by leaving out a few ingredients, the thicker, chunkier version makes an awesome appetizer. Serve it with pita crisps for a perfect (and healthy!) snack or a quick holiday appetizer. Or if you want to go really crazy, do it up in a painter's palette like the photo shown! Check out my blog for step by step instructions: [url]http://jojobean26.blogspot.com/2009/08/painting-never-tasted-so-good.html[/url]
Ingredients You'll Need
1 small can (15 oz.) of Libby's pureed pumpkin
1 large golden delicious apple, diced small
1 medium onion, diced small
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbls. butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 package whole wheat pita bread
Salt and pepper
Slice pita into triangles and lay on a cookie sheet.
Brush very lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with a little coarse salt.
Place pita under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, turn and broil another 2-3 minutes.
Pita burns quickly; you just want them to be crisp and lightly browned.
If not serving immediately, cool and store in an air tight container.
In a sauce pan, melt butter.
Over medium-high heat, cook onion until translucent.
Add apple and cook until just softened.
Add nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
Add pumpkin and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring to avoid burning.
Add half of the chicken broth and cook 2-3 minutes.
If dip is very thick, you may need to add the rest of the broth and cook another few minutes. Serve warm with pita crisps.
* If you'd like to try this recipe as a soup, double all ingredients, but increase chicken broth to 4 cups.
Cook as instructed above, then add 1/2 cup cream (or try fat free half and half!).
For a smooth soup, use your immersion blender, or use a regular blender, a small batch at a time.
Serve hot, and top with crushed pecans.