It is harvest season, and as Halloween draws near, pumpkins are in view all over. Pumpkins were introduced to early American colonists by Native American Indians. Belonging to the squash family, pumpkins were used in a variety of ways in the early days from food to medicine, and to even making mats out of the dried insides.
Pumpkins are full of vitamins such as potassium and Vitamin A. The inside, or guts, of the pumpkin make an excellent ingredient in many dessert recipes. Some familiar treats that use pumpkin include: pie, cookies, cheesecake, bars, and bread. There are endless possibilities! A unique way to use pumpkin is in a sweet dip, courtesy of tasteofhome.com.
Pumpkin Pie Dip
1 Package (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
2 Cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 Cup Pumpkin (canned)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
Beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger until blended. Serve with gingersnap cookies, pumpkin or zucchini bread, or fruit.
Who would of thought that pumpkins could be so many things and eaten in so many yummy ways?
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