5 Days until Halloween countdown –
You can use your carved pumpkins this Halloween as a funny and creepy decoration to add to a yummy chips and dip recipe –
First start with the pumpkin carving – you’ll want to pick up a mini pumpkin, it shouldn’t be too hard to find especially during this time of year, you might even be able to find them at your local supermarket.
Using a sharp knife, cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin stem, make it like a lid so it can easily be taken off and put back on. Use a fork to remove the pumpkin seeds or as I like to call them pumpkin guts, a suitably name for this dish! Using a pencil trace two eyes and a mouth on one side of the pumpkin – you’ll want to make the eyes like two triangles with the point of the triangle pointing towards the center, trace the mouth like an horizontal oval – use the photo provided for reference. Carefully use your knife to cut along the outlines you made. Pop the shapes out and in a few easy steps you have your mini pumpkin decoration.
Next you’ll want to make your avocado and artichoke dip.
What you’ll need:
- 3 avocados (chopped)
- 1 can of artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
- 1/2 jar of roasted red peppers (drained and diced)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 sweet onion (chopped)
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- Garlic powder, onion powder, Himalayan pink salt, lemon pepper
Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan, add your onions and cook them on medium low heat until they are a golden brown color. Set them aside and allow them to cool.
Add your avocados and lime juice to a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the roasted red peppers, the artichoke hearts and your spices to the mashed avocado mixture. Remember when it comes to spices, the amount you use is really a matter of preference, start out with the least amount you would like to use, it can be difficult to neutralize a spice then it is too add a little more of it, then do a few taste tests to determine what it needs more of. Mix all of your ingredients together with a wooden mixing spoon.
Grab a bag of blue corn tortilla or chia chips -the dark color chips nicely complements the light to lime green color of the dip.
Spread your chips on the serving chair and add your mini pumpkin, make the dip look like its coming out of the pumpkins mouth for it to become a puking pumpkin creation!