Savory Festive Appetizers

These bite-size sweet potato pumpkins pack just the right punch of chipotle flavor.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

Savor the season with this spicy, pumpkin-shaped, sweet potato appetizer. They're perfect for any fall gathering but would be especially festive for Thanksgiving. If you'd like, make them meatier by adding a little tuna or crab. Either way, they'll add a pop of color and flavor to your autumn menu.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites recipe

Makes about 30

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 strips cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-5 ounces tuna or crabmeat (optional)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 3 cups Cheez-It Chipotle Pepper Zingz
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Fresh herb leaves (tarragon, marjoram or savory)

Directions:

1

Gather ingredients and cook sweet potatoes

Gather ingredients. Peel the sweet potatoes. Wrap them separately in plastic food wrap and microwave each of them for 5 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and cut into cubes.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

2

Puree ingredients

Put sweet potatoes, bacon, almonds, cream cheese, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, chipotle chili pepper, salt, paprika and black pepper in a food processor. Puree until smooth.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

3

Add optional ingredients

If desired, stir in tuna or crabmeat, breadcrumbs and egg. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

4

Roll mixture in cracker crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Crush Cheez-It Chipotle Pepper Zingz crackers and put in a bowl. Roll sweet potato mixture into 2-inch balls and coat with crushed cracker crumbs.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

5

Add pretzel stems and bake

Insert the top of a pretzel stick into each sweet potato ball and push down slightly to form a pumpkin shape. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

6

Add leaves to stems

Add herb leaves next to each pretzel stem.

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

7

Serve and enjoy

Serve warm and enjoy a spicy bite!

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites

More fall food crafts

Pumpkin pie cheese appetizers
Peekaboo pumpkin pound cake
No-bake Indian corn treats

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Comments on "Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites"

Sandra October 21, 2013 | 8:32 AM

Ha! You're sooo right, Kristy. I totally forgot that I put bacon in at the beginning. Oops! In my world, bacon is a vegetable. Truthfully, the bacon is optional too. I just love the flavor of bacon in almost anything. :)

Kristy October 19, 2013 | 7:45 PM

"Leave out the tuna for vegetarian option" but the 4 pieces of bacon are cool. Hahaha

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