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Halloween Hummus

Delight Your Ghouls and Ghosts with Halloween Hummus

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Halloween is a great holiday to get creative in the kitchen. Flavorful and colorful fruits and vegetables are in season and one of the easiest to cook with is the pumpkin! Canned or fresh, nothing represents the fall season best than the sight and flavor of pumpkin. Pumpkins have gone mainstream and now you'll find their flavor in lattes, doughnuts, and even ice cream! There are healthier alternatives, however!

Pumpkin is the Key Ingredient in Halloween Hummus

I know what you are thinking: pumpkin and hummus? At first thought, it may not sound like a good combination, but with the addition of some ingredients and the omission of others, pumpkin hummus makes a great Halloween treat that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie variety)
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 small to medium pumpkin to serve hummus in aluminum foil to line pumpkin

Instructions:

Using a blender or food processor, blend canned pumpkin, tahini, garlic, parsley, salt, olive oil, cumin, and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. If consistency is too thick, add one tablespoon of water until desired thickness. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

From Pumpkin Hummus to Halloween Hummus

Pumpkin hummus turns into Halloween Hummus when you serve it in a real pumpkin. Take a small to medium sized pumpkin and remove the innards, or "goo" as some people fittingly call it. Don't throw it away, though! You can easily whip up a batch of pumpkin butter and toasted pumpkin seeds with the gooey mess.

Rinse the inside and out side with water and dry with a paper towel. Allow the pumpkin to sit upside down on a paper towel for about twenty minutes to ensure it is thoroughly dry inside. Once dried, line the inside with aluminum foil. It makes it easier to remove the hummus if you have any leftover. Spoon in the pumpkin hummus and serve!

What to Serve with Halloween Hummus?

Pita chips or warmed wedges are absolutely delicious with pumpkin hummus. You can easily make your own or buy from the store. Cinnamon pita wedges go well with the pumpkin flavor. grab a bag of store bought pita or make your own. Cut into triangles using a pizza cutter. Brush with melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Water crackers and veggies also are perfect with Halloween Hummus. Try cucumber rounds, sliced fresh peppers (yellow and red), and carrots for a nice variety. You can even make nice hor d’oeuvres by placing a cucumber slice on top of a water cracker and adding a dollop of pumpkin hummus on top of the cucumber.

Inspired by the Flavor of Pumpkins? Try These Recipes...

Earlier I mentioned roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin butter -- two very simple foods that you can make with relatively very little ingredients. Here are some excellent recipes for roasted pumping seeds:

Is the thought of pumpkin butter tempting your tastebuds? Be forewarned that it takes a little time to make, but well worth the effort! Here are some tasty pumpkin butter recipes that will satisfy your pumpkin flavor cravings for the weeks after Halloween:

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