Since pumpkin has returned to store shelves finally, I'm taking full advantage. I stocked up on half a dozen cans and have plans for lots of good stuff. I didn't have time to bake anything (or the need to) this weekend, but I decided to make a pumpkin dip for tailgating instead. Now this might not be your typical tailgate food as it doesnt contain any buffalo sauce, cheese, or alcohol, but it was definitely addictive. Served with apple slices, grapes, and vanilla wafers, it was a perfect gameday (or anytime) appetizer and it's really easy to put together. If you want to make the dip ahead of time, it will keep just fine in the refrigerator. If you prep your apple slices ahead of time, make sure you toss them with a little lemon juice to keep from browning.
Feel free to sub fat free or reduced fat cream cheese in this recipe - I can't tell the difference and neither could anyone I served it too. You could also sub a low fat/fat free whipped topping for the whipped cream (just leave out the powdered sugar) but I used the good stuff because I dont generally have whipped topping on hand. The whipped cream gives this dip a really light, mousse-like texture that's perfect with the fruit and cookies.