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I couldn’t decide which holiday to use this delicious pumpkin dessert humus for, so… of course I made two versions! There’s one for Halloween (boo!), and one for Thanksgiving (or any autumnal occasion for that matter). On instagram the votes were so close between the two! You’ll just have to make both versions to see which your crowd likes better.
Spooky or Sweet? Make it a Super Festive Spread
Anywhere I can add a special shape or item that really kicks the theme up, you know I’ll double down on it. Dips are a great place to add some thematic flair. If you have dip in a ramekin, it’s just one plain color, so add some decoration or specialty items on top to really make it festive.
- For a trick-or-treat vibe I added an adorable “BOO!” using letter cookies for the Halloween Board.
- To make it feel like a Thanksgiving board, I couldn’t resist adding cute leaf sprinkles.
- And since making just those two, I got inspired and added a few more ideas: frosting spider web, ghost graveyard using Boo Chips, jack-o-lantern faces using chocolate, and more. FYI- Boo Chips are found at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods during the Halloween Season, but here’s a link to veggie Boo Chips found on Amazon.
The sky’s the limit here, you could add whatever spooky or sweet accoutrement you’d like to make it festive.
The Perfect Fall Dessert Board
Dessert boards follow mostly the same rules as cheese plates and charcuterie boards. First you’ll want to gather all the items that you’re going to want to put out. I like doing this first to assess the colors I’m working with and see if I need to add or subtract anything.
For this board:
- I put the big items down on the board first: the hummus and any other ramekins (here I have one with candy corn).
- If you’re going to add any mini pumpkins (I love me some #BoardsWithGourds!) on, add that too since it’s a bulky item you’ll need to work around. Check out the instagram hashtag noted above (with tons of ideas) and the Boards With Gourds section on this blog for more.
- Next put down larger items like crackers and cookies. You can fan them out around the pumpkins or ramekins for pretty styling. The ole “fan around the ramekin trick” is a favorite of mine that you will see on the majority of my boards, from cheese board to veggie board to dessert board…it’s a great styling technique.
- NOTE: because the crackers and cookies for this board are likely mostly brown and beige items, you’ll want to make sure they are spread on different parts of the board, with colorful items complimenting them throughout.
- I like to add apple slices, cheese slices, and items like my favorite Boo Chips in next. Pair any of these next to the crackers or cookies that they may taste best with—this acts as a guide for your guests a little bit.
- Layer on smaller items in the nooks and crannies—nuts, chocolate pieces, and candy.
- Garnish with whatever flair you’d like on your dip, and dig in!
Boars Head Pumpkin Hummus
Have you ever tried Boar’s Head pumpkin pie dessert hummus? I’m a big fan! Honestly, it’s the perfect autumnal sweet dip that tastes just like pumpkin pie filling! Made from real pumpkin, with vanilla and spices, I like it for dipping crisp apples, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or pretzels.
It pairs best with:
- Graham crackers
- Vanilla wafer cookies
- Apple slices
- Cinnamon sugar pita chips
- Pound cake
Don’t forget to add your favorite fruit, candy, and seasonal accessories!
How To Keep Your Apples From Browning
This is a big question around here. And honestly, I didn’t use any of my tricks on this board because I was in a rush (shame on me). I do however, cover this topic on my Rosh Hashanah Board because apples are such an important part of that spread.
In short, apples oxidize as soon as they are exposed to air and thus begin the browning process. While still edible, they don’t quite look as appealing when brown.
Here are a few tricks to keep your apples looking good:
- Make sure you slice your apples last. Focus on other board elements and then add apples at the end to limit the exposure time.
- Dip them in citrus. The common go-to is lemon water (just a simple solution of the two mixed), but I don’t love the tart taste of lemon when you think you’re going to get a sweet crisp apple, so I use orange juice instead. It’s a sweeter alternative that doesn’t disrupt the apple taste. Another sweet option is pineapple juice.
- Some people swear by dipping them in 7-up or Sprite. No hate, but I don’t really want to mix soda with my fruit. But I know it works if you’re in a pinch.
- Citric Acid. Make a mixture with Ball Preserves Citric Acid and water or sprinkle directly onto the fruit to preserve natural color. See label for full instructions.
Show Me Your Fall Boards
Have you used Pumpkin Hummus on your boards yet? Whether you’ve got a board of tricks, treats, sweets, or cheese, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg so I can see and share!
If you liked this board recipe, please rate, review and let me know which dip treatment you like the best.