What can be naughty or nice and starts out in a pumpkin patch? Not sure? Okay, here’s another tip. It can be served cold or hot and also contains a heaping dose of autumn apples. Give up? Why it’s pumpkin hot sauce and after the first try, you won’t want to eat a fall, holiday meal without some. “What’s pumpkin hot sauce?’, you say. Well, lean in my pumpkin loving friends and we’ll tell you:

It’s actually a mixture of pumpkin butter, hot sauce, curry and a handful of other ingredients. You can make it any consistency desired and use it in a number of pump-alicious ways. For instance, some folks like to use it in place of chicken broth when making their homemade stuffing. Others love to pour it over their roasted turkey, rib-eye steaks or mashed potatoes instead of traditional gravy.We’ve even seen pumpkin hot sauce drizzled over pan-roasted vegetables and used as a basis for soups. And by the way, the soups may be hot or cold. Speaking of cold, the hot sauce infused mixture could be used to make homemade pumpkin ice cream too. Here’s the basic hot sauce recipe to get the pumpkin party started:

Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan and hit it with an immersion blender to break up the chunks of vegetables or apples. Next, turn the heat on and let the pumpkin mixture simmer until you’re pleased with the consistency.  Continue by removing the pumpkin hot sauce from the pan and using it as desired. As long as it’s stored in an air-tight container and stirred every so often, it should keep in the fridge for at least four to seven days without separating. To learn more about jazzing up pumpkins with hot sauce, please contact Deli Direct today.

I love finding uses for off-beat sauces. Pumpkin Butter is a new favorite. How many new uses have I found?

There are the obvious suggestions. You can use them as party dips for crackers and as spreads on toast or pancakes. I personally believe in putting huge dollops of pumpkin butter in oatmeal!

For a very healthful snack anytime, you can make a parfait by layering low-fat vanilla yogurt with pumpkin butter and topping the whole dish with granola.

Pumpkin Butter Dessert Bar

If you have no desire to eat something healthy and want to enjoy a decadent dessert, there is the pumpkin butter dessert bar. You mix yellow cake mix (reserving a cup), an egg, and 1/2 cup of melted butter and press the mix into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Then you mix an entire jar of Pumpkin Butter with 2 eggs and whisk them together. Dump all that on your cake layer. Take your reserved cup of cake mix and add 1/4 cup softened butter, 1 tablespoon flour, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix this until crumbly and then throw it on top of the pumpkin layer. Bake that at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes, and then top it with pecans for an extra crunch.

Pumpkin Butter Bread

If that is too much dessert for your pumpkin-eating preferences, there is pumpkin butter bread. This is made by whisking 2 cups flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and a half teaspoon each of ground cloves and nutmeg. Then you take an egg and beat it together with 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1/4 cup of melted butter, and 3/4 cup of pumpkin butter. Mix your dry and wet mixtures together and pour half into a bread pan. Pour another 3/4 cup of pumpkin butter on the batter and then top it with the rest of your batter. Bake this at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 to 60 minutes. Let this cool for 10 minutes, and you will have one moist bread!

This is just a sample of what you can do with pumpkin butter, and any culinary adventurer should definitely explore all the options. We have the best pumpkin butter for you to experiment with, so contact us if you're ever in the mood for a little pizzaz on your plate.

Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, time to start thinking of a dish that is versatile and appropriate for large groups. How about some fall party dips? Fall has a beautifully earthy, warm flavor and using these flavors can help remind people of autumns past, as well as excite them for the fall party of the present. Give these recipes a try at any time of the year and I bet you'll feel a little nip in the air or hear the sound of leaves falling.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Dip

The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks has taken the world by storm. Wow your friends with a Pumpkin Spice Latte Dip!

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Pumpkin Butter (16.5 oz) 
  • Cool Whip (8 oz) 
  • Coffee flavored yogurt (8 oz or to taste, alternative flavors include Caramel, Vanilla or plain) 

Directions:
Blend the above ingredients and serve on Nilla wafers, gingerbread cookies, or graham crackers!

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

For a savory option, try a Loaded Baked Potato Dip!

Directions:
  1. Mix the Hearty Cheddar Bacon Dip with the sour cream or greek yogurt until well blended.
  2. Add toppings -- be creative! -- and stir with a spoon until they are mixed. Leave a little extra of each of them to garnish the top. 
  3. Serve with chips, herb crackers, chopped veggies, or Smoked Pepperoni Curls!

From pot lucks to family parties, these party dips will get everyone's attention, and they'll be begging for the recipe.

Have a new recipe you'd love us to try? Need some advice for a big party coming up? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you!

Lets all be honest here… food makes the world go round. Now take a moment and think of every fun story or party you have been apart of. I would bet that somewhere in that story was food! Whether the food made the moment better or if the food was better the event would have been improved. Either way food is at the center of these stories.

For your fun future weekend story or party you want to make sure that you and your friends have a positive memory about the food of course! Here are three recipes guarantied to make your night a hit!

The Appetizer

The perfect food to start out the evening, this warm easy appetizer is delicious and simple to eat with a toothpick. Go crazy and get some multi colored toothpicks!

Barbeque Meatballs 
Makes: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 5 oz. of evaporated milk 
  • 1 cup of quick-cooking oats 
  • ½ cup of finely chopped onion 
  • 1 tsp. of salt ¼ tsp. of pepper 
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder 
  • ¼ tsp. of garlic powder 
  • 1 ½ lbs. of ground beef 
  • 1 ¼ cup of Big Bad Buddas BBQ Sauce 
Directions: 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the beef and BBQ sauce (first eight ingredients).  
  2. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  3. Put meatballs on greased rack in a shallow backing pan. Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes at 350˚ then drain.
  4. Meanwhile, simmer the BBQ sauce in a saucepan for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour over meatballs and bake 10-12 minutes longer.

The Entrée

These spicy shrimp cakes are a delicious dinner and will keep your friends talking!

Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Salsa 
Makes: 10 shrimp cakes
Prep Time: 30 Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Ingredients:
Cakes: 
  • 1 lbs of medium shrimp (peeled and deveined) 
  • 1 cup of finely chopped red bell pepper 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced green onions 
  • 3 Tbsp. of reduced-fat mayonnaise 
  • 1 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice 
  • 1 ½ tsp. of Chicago Hit Sauce 
  • ½ tsp. of sugar 
  • ¼ tsp. of salt 1 large egg 
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped fresh cilantro 
  • ¾ cup of panko 
Salsa: 
  • 1 cup of frozen white corn, thawed 
  • ¾ cup of diced peeled avocado 
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 3 Tbsp. of finely chopped red onion 
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped seeded poblano pepper 
  • 1 tsp. of fresh lime juice 
  • ¼ tsp. of salt 
Directions: 
  1. Place shrimp in a food processor and pulse 10 times or until finely chopped.
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray and heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper to pan and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic to pan and sauté for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Place bell pepper mixture in a large bowl. Add shrimp, green onions and the next 6 ingredients, ending with the egg, stirring well.
  3. Stir in cilantro and ¼ cup of panko.
  4. Divide shrimp mixture into 10 equal portions. Then shape into a ½ inch thick patties. Coat both sides of patties in remaining ½ cup of panko. Chill at least one hour.
  5. Heat pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add 5 cakes to pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan then cover and keep warm. Repeat with remaining cakes.
  6. To make salsa, combine all salsa ingredients and stir gently. Serve immediately with shrimp cakes. 

The Dessert

This simple wonderful recipe will leave your company wanting more!

Pumpkin Butter Bars 

Makes: about 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 Total Time: 50-55 minutes
Ingredients: 

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix 
  • ½ cup of melted butter 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1 jar of Pumpkin Butter 
  • 2 Tbsp. of milk 
  • 1 Tbsp. of flour 
  • ¼ cup of sugar 
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon 
  • 4 Tbsp. of cold butter 
Directions: 
  1. Set aside one cup of the cake mix in a small bowl. 
  2. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray 
  3. Mix together the remaining cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg. Press into the bottom of pan 
  4. In bowl mix together pumpkin butter, milk and 2 eggs. Pour over crust in pan.
  5. Add flour, sugar and butter to the reserve cake mix. Use a fork to cut the butter until it resembles small peas. Sprinkle over the pumpkin butter layer.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350˚ oven for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares. Top it off by sprinkling with powdered sugar.
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