Roasted Pumpkin Cheese Spread Recipe

This roasted pumpkin cheese spread has an incredibly rich, deep flavor while still maintaining a smoothness in both taste and texture. Pumpkin is packed with fiber, beta carotene and many other nutrients making it a healthy choice. Applesauce not only adds natural sweetness, but also thins this spread without the added calories and fat of the heavy cream used in many cheese spreads. This nutritious and delicious spread only takes a minute or two to make with the aid of your food processor, but the results are amazing.

This recipe calls for pumpkin purée. You could, of course, use canned pumpkin but the flavor and nutrition of freshly roasted pumpkin are far superior. Any type of pumpkin will do; butternut squash also makes a great pumpkin purée and can be found year-round at most markets. It is also inexpensive.

Split the pumpkin of your choice in half and remove the seeds. Brush lightly with extra virgin olive oil and roast flesh side up in a 450 degree F oven until very soft, about one hour. Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and purée in your food processor until smooth.

Ingredients

8 ounces of good cream cheese at room temperature

1 cup of pumpkin purée

1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground dried ginger

1/4 teaspoon of ground mace (you can substitute nutmeg if you can't find the mace, just use half as much)

1/8 teaspoon of ground clove

Directions

Preparation couldn't be simpler. Take all the ingredients and place them into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with the multipurpose blade. Process until smooth. That's it! You are now ready to enjoy your tasty pumpkin cheese spread.

Uses For Roasted Pumpkin Cheese Spread

This spread is perfect on whole wheat crackers or fresh apple slices. I like to spread it on homemade banana bread or whole grain carrot cake. It is a tasty and unexpected addition to a Gruyère grilled cheese sandwich.

For a colorful and tasty appetizer, spread it on a whole grain tortilla, top with chopped pine nuts, place fresh basil leaves over the top, roll it up, then slice into pinwheels.

Tips and Suggestions

Double the amount of applesauce if you want a more dippable consistency. Whether it's used as a dip or a spread, use at room temperature for maximum flavor.

Mix in chopped nuts for texture variation (pistachios are my favorite in this recipe.)

This is an application that requires a decent food processor. A cheap model with an inferior motor will struggle when attempting to blend the thick ingredients. To find the best food processor for cheese spreads and so much more, click on the food processor categories to the right (either by size or brand.) You will find an overview of the product and all available reviews, as well as links to see the detailed customer reviews.


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