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Spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites make a fun and festive fall appetizer

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Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

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

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. 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.

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

2. 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.

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

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

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

4. 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.

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

5. 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.

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

6. Add herb leaves next to each pretzel stem.

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

7. Serve warm and enjoy a spicy bite.

Too-cute Thanksgiving appetizers made with spicy sweet potatoes and shaped like pumpkins

More fall food crafts

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

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