SPONSORED BY CIAO GUSTO
Halloween crisps and dips! Pumpkin guacamole, Autumnal salsa and cheesy pumpkin, served up in homemade pumpkin bowls with Black pepper, olive oil and vegetable Amica crisps.
Crisps and dips
At the heart of every good food spread there is always crisps and dips. They are easy to serve up and really easy to eat.
And you know that most people will be happy to chomp their way through a good bowl of crisps.
I love a good dip and I love to make my own. Homemade dips means no nasty additives or preservatives and it also means you can make them extra special and even tailor them to your event. For example: Autumnal, Halloween crisps and dips!!
Crisps from Ciao Gusto
Ciao Gusto is a new Italian range from Ocado, they offer everything from charcuterie and cheese to oils and pasta sauces. When they got in touch last week and asked if I’d like to try out their range of Italian Amica crisps, I immediately thought of my Halloween dips and how perfectly they would go together.
From Truffle and Black pepper to Vegetable and Olive oil, the flavours and styles are original yet classy. In particular the vegetable crisps are just what is needed here. Not only do they taste great, but they provide an array of rich autumnal colours, which goes so well with my pumpkin dip theme.
So obviously pumpkins have my full attention at the moment. I’m enjoying finding different ways to use them as well as different ways to include the flesh and seeds in recipes. I do love to carve them up and pop a candle inside, but – they also work amazing well as dip bowls!!
I used slightly smaller pumpkins than your average sized carving pumpkin. I cut out a lid and scooped out the middle, so creating my halloween pumpkin dip bowls. For further details on prepping pumpkins and for a dessert recipe that uses the scooped-out inside flesh and seeds, have a look at my previous post: Pumpkin and date muffins.
Onto the dips. I created 3 autumnal dips to go with 3 flavours of the Amica crisps, aka Halloween crisps. The first:
Pumpkin Guacamole with Olive oil crisps
This dip is basically a standard homemade guacamole with baked pumpkin flesh mixed in. The addition of the sweet caramelised pumpkin flesh goes so well with the creamy avocado and sharp lime juice. Plus its green and orange – perfect for halloween 🙂
Second up on the halloween dip menu:
Two cheese pumpkin dip with Black pepper crisps
A lovely, creamy cheese sauce with pumpkin puree stirred in. Its cheesy and sweet and very, very dip-able. I also love that pastel orange colour. Ocado also sell tins of pumpkin puree – something I had struggled to get hold of up until now!!
Rustic Tomato Salsa with Vegetable crisps
Homemade salsa is always the best salsa in my opinion. I find that bought salsa can be slightly tart and always, always way too . . . oniony for me. Raw red onions are not my friend.
My homemade salsa uses an array of different coloured tomatoes (so pretty and autumnal) and has a base of well cooked red onions. Cooked onions provide a lovely sweet and caramelised background flavour, without overpowering the whole dip and making you feel like you’ve just swallowed an acre of chives.
Three autumnal dips, three lots of Halloween crisps, and three proud as punch pumpkins – whats not to love about all of this. So, if you have a Halloween party coming up and you want to make sure that the Halloween theme is in your face and looking fantastic – then why not let your pumpkins do the hard work 🙂
The Ciao Gusto range can be found under the Ciao Gusto tab on the Ocado website. The range brings together over 30 Italian brands which include authentic Italian foods and drinks.
Brands include names such as Valsoia, Ponti, Barilla, Cirio, Lavazza, Amica, Santa Rosa and Riso Gallo as well as lots of exciting products new to the UK.