Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Festive Pumpkin Dip (p1)

Festive Pumpkin Dip

(p1 if you leave out the bread and crackers)

This one originally was to be placed in a bread bowl but I just used a hallowed and cleaned out pumpkin. The original recipe is on the site of: Taste of Home . I added a bit more or less of seasonings to get it to where I wanted it but it was very easy to make and good. Below is the original recipe.

You Will Need
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup chopped dried beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 round loaf (1 pound) Italian or pumpernickel bread
Fresh vegetables, crackers or corn chips

What to Do
1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin, taco seasoning and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in beef, peppers and olives. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Just before serving, cut top off bread; scoop out bread from inside, leaving a 1/2-inch shell (save the bread from inside to make croutons or bread crumbs or save for another use). Fill shell with cream cheese mixture. Serve with vegetables, whole wheat or whole grain crackers, chips, pita or bread.

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