Dips, cheeses, marinated vegetables, chutneys, preserves, olives, salted meats, crackers, nuts, breads, fruits and tapenades….all of these things sound like heaven to me. Just put as many of these beautiful little treats as you can on a plate, pour some vino and you’re in for a good time. No need for dinner either, if you do it right!
This dip came about as a result of some roasted pumpkin, garlic and ricotta, leftover from making empanadas (to which I will post the recipe for in the next couple of days). We are really into eating well on a budget at the moment, which has resulted in some really creative and delicious meals. It’s so satisfying sitting down to a meal knowing that it cost us about $1 to make. I love getting home from work and looking through the garden, picking a few things that I want for dinner and seeing how others are coming along. The rains have finally settled in which means we should have a bumper crop of sweet potatoes coming on soon. I am so grateful to the beautiful people that have allowed us to look after their lovely house and friendly animals, it’s such a great experience.
1 cup roasted butternut pumpkin
2 cloves garlic, roasted in their skins, squeezed out
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup firm ricotta, crumbled
1/3 cup pistachios, shelled, roasted and finely chopped
In a small processor, or with a hand held stick blender, process the pumpkin, garlic, cumin seeds, chilli flakes, lemon juice and the salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil if it’s too dry.
Stir through the parsley, ricotta, and pistachios. Check for seasoning and add more if necessary.
Serve with crackers, vegetable sticks or whatever you like!