Celebrate Fall with a delicious, warm, and gooey, pumpkin goat cheese skillet dip. Decadent, earthy, and aromatic with fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage!
The first day of fall has officially passed and now all the stores are flooded with pumpkin flavored everything, including pumpkin spice notebook paper. Just kidding. I wrote that to see if you were ACTUALLY reading this post. But speaking of pumpkin, I want to share with you a savory pumpkin dip that is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Tailgating, and even all those holidays in December.
When I think about pumpkin, I think pie. Also, spiced lattes but that is a whole other thing. Pumpkin, as far as I am concerned, is usually placed in the sweet category or desserts. Really the pumpkin spice is driving the pumpkin to that side but I am determined to bring it back to the dark side.
The savory side!
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Pumpkin Dip with Cream Cheese
As I said before, pumpkin or pumpkin spice = sweets. Cookies, coffees, cakes, pies, and dips. Pumpkin dip is what I want to talk about specifically. All the pumpkin dips I have seen involve cream cheese or whipped topping as a base.
Nothing wrong with pumpkin and cream cheese, in my opinion, it makes a very creamy and delicious dip.
But I am thinking pumpkin with cheese, pumpkin with herbs, pumpkin to warm me up while I am shivering in a parking lot at a tailgate celebration. Skip the cream cheese, let’s make a savory dip that brings out the earthy flavors of pumpkin and keeps me warm.
Bust out the cast iron skillet!
As I said before, pumpkin recipes usually involve pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, cream cheese, etc. This pumpkin goat cheese skillet dip is taking the road less traveled, the savory side if you will, and combines savory and herbal flavors with pumpkin to make a new dip. One that you can make in one pan, and cook it in the oven, on a grill, and even over a campfire!
My pumpkin goat cheese skillet dip will hopefully usher in a new generation of pumpkin recipes, with a leaning toward the savory side, and bringing us closer to our mother Earth! That sounded like a movie trailer, right?
Stop listening to my rambling, I just really wanted a pumpkin dip that wasn’t so sweet it made my teeth hurt. There is already enough sweet stuff these last 3 months of the year, I needed something to balance out my blood sugar levels!
FAQs about Pumpkin Goat Cheese Skillet Dip
- Q: Can I use Pumpkin Pie Filling instead of plain pumpkin?
A: Technically you can, but I think the pumpkin pie spices might conflict with the fresh herbs and the goat cheese.
- Q: Can I make my own pumpkin purée?
A: You can! If you have that patience, go for it! I have a recipe link below for pumpkin purée for your convenience.
- Q: Can I bake this in a baking dish or casserole dish?
A: Yes! If you do that you can just cover any leftovers you might have to another day.
- Q: Can I substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese?
A: Yes you can. I would opt for a cream cheese made with Greek yogurt as the goat cheese has a tang to it and that is replicated with the Greek yogurt.
To get the pumpkin goat cheese skillet dip started and prepped for serving time, combine plain goat cheese, plain pumpkin, roasted garlic, and some shredded cheese. Add in some chopped fresh herbs, spread in your skillet of choice, and cover with more cheese. Store in the refrigerator until ready to cook. Easy right?
You can buy all these ingredients already made, including the roasted garlic. I make my own roasted garlic usually, but I am also known to pick some up from the deli in my grocery store at the olive bar. Do what works for you and your time schedule! I am all about easy and fuss-free.
When you are ready, bake at 375F until bubbly and the cheese is toasted and melty Serve with baked whole wheat pita chips!
Other Savory Pumpkin Recipes!
- Fresh Pumpkin Purée
- Pumpkin Curry Soup
- Pumpkin Chorizo Black Bean Soup
- Pumpkin Pasta with Italian Sausage
- Pumpkin Alfredo Stuffed Shells
- Pumpkin Walnut Sage Perogies
- Parmesan Pumpkin Fritters
- Savory Pumpkin Hummus
- Pumpkin Pizza
- Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread
- Pumpkin Mushroom Stroganoff
- Pumpkin Beef Stew
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Easy PUMPKIN GOAT CHEESE SKILLET DIP Recipe
Pumpkin Goat Cheese Skillet Dip
- 15 oz pumpkin purée
- 10.5 oz goat cheese
- 7 cloves roasted garlic
- 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divided 1/2 + 3/4)
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (chopped)
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage (chopped)
Baked Pita Chips
- 3 whole wheat pita (cut in wedges)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Prepare the pumpkin dip
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine pumpkin, goat cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic, and fresh herbs.
- Spoon into your skillet and spread into an even layer.
- Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese evenly over the dip.
- Sprinkle with herbs for garnish.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Prepare the baked pita chips
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cut the pita into wedges.
- Spread out on a baking sheet.
- Brush with olive oil.
- Bake for 5 minutes or until crispy.
- Remove from the oven and cool.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days or until ready to eat.
Bake the pumpkin goat cheese skillet dip
- Remove the dip from the refrigerator for 5 minutes before baking to knock the chill off the dip and let it bake evenly.
- Bake at 372F for 25 minutes or until the cheese is brown and the dip is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven/grill and serve warm with baked pita chips.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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