I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.
Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with pumpkin? Obsessed. And not "pumpkin spice" stuff. Recipes that include real pumpkin, roasted, and added with glee.
My favorite pumpkin is called a jarrahdale pumpkin. The skin is quite thick, like a butternut squash, so they will store for a while over the winter, as long as the skin isn't nicked. I've found them for sale as decorations and as food, and really, they're both. The outside is bluish-greenish and the inside is orange. I consider the Jarrahdale to be the honeycrisp apple of pumpkins. It has sweet, complex flavor that only improves with roasting.
Did I mention that I'm obsessed?
Now, to pair pumpkin with some delicious cheese? What could be better? This is actually a healthy little dip, unlike most game day recipes that are loaded with calories.
The good news is that this is also a truly simple, healthy dip - pop a few ingredients into your favorite blender or food processor, stir in some freshly shredded pepper jack cheese and pop it into the oven for an ooey-gooey treat that you can enjoy.
Cheddar Pumpkin Dip
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (fresh pumpkin roasted is tastier, canned is easier)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 ounces Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
- Sundried tomatoes, roma tomatos and/or green onions, for garnish
- Tortilla chips, carrot sticks and celery sticks, for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray six ramekins with non-stick cooking spray
- Combine cannelini beans, pumpkin, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor and puree until smooth. Divide mixture between the six ramekins.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bean and pumpkin mixture and stir to incorporate the cheese throughout. Sprinkle top with diced sundried tomatoes, if using.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbling and heated throughout.
- Garnish with tomatoes and/or green onion, if using. Serve with chips and veggies to dip.