Friday, October 4, 2013

Pumpkin Dip and Chips

When I think fall cooking and baking, I think pumpkin and cinnamon.  They were made for fall recipes. Today I'm sharing a simple great treat that is good enough to take to a party or just eat as an afternoon snack.

1 package (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 8 ounces frozen whipped topping

Combine the cream cheese, pumpkin and sugar; mix well. Beat in the cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg. Fold in the whipped topping.  Taste and see if you think you want more pumpkin flavor.  If so add a couple more tablespoons full.  Refrigerate it until served.  Yield: 4 cups.

Cinnamon Chips
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
Vegetable oil

Using a kitchen scissors, cut your tortillas in half.  Cut them again into quarters and again into eights.

Put your cinnamon and sugar together in into a large shaker.  I save my lids to my Parmesan cheese for just this kind of occasion.  It fits perfect on a small pint size mason jar.  My grandson Sal loves cinnamon toast and I let him make the mix and put it in the jar so he can dust it on his toast.  Sample it to make sure it has enough cinnamon in it.  I like lots of cinnamon, but you may wish less.  You may also use a large empty clean salt shaker or put it in a bowl and just dip your chips on both sided into the mixture

Lay out paper towel so you will be ready to put the hot chips on it and dust the chips right away.    

Heat about 1/2 inch of oil on medium heat and wait until it is hot.  I use my large cast iron skillet.  Drop about 6 to 8  chips at a time in the hot oil.  Do not over crowd the pan or they won't crisp up.  Using kitchen tongs, flip them when they are lightly browned and fry the other side.  Take out of the pan and put on paper towel and dust them right away with the cinnamon and sugar.  Flip over and dust again on the other side so both sides are coated.

Repeat frying the chips until they are all fried and dusted.  They are great by themselves, but dip them into your pumpkin dip.  It is a wonderful fall treat. 

You can also serve the dip with sliced apples or crackers.  

Have a great fall day, be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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