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A unique Thanksgiving appetizer: Savory yogurt parfaits layered with cheesy pumpkin and siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice skyr.

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{Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to manage this recipe contest with siggi’s. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}

One of the perks of having siggi’s dairy as this year’s Blog Brûlée presenting sponsor (besides hanging out with Siggi himself) was all the yogurt delights we got to sample including this Smoked Salmon & Dill layered with siggi’s yogurt parfait style. All that was missing was the bagel (and even this carb lover didn’t miss it – the snack was THAT good.)

When Siggi Hilmarsson moved from Iceland to the U.S., he found that the yogurts here were too sweet and artificial tasting. So he started making skyr (pronounced skeer), the traditional Icelandic strained yogurt, in his NYC kitchen in 2014. And the rest is history as now his yogurts are available nationwide.

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So, when our Recipe ReDux bloggers where challenged to create healthy holiday recipes that reflected siggi’s philosophy of “simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar”, I kept thinking of those delish savory parfaits.

While cleaning out my Nana’s kitchen, my mom has given me hundreds and hundreds of recipe clippings Nana had saved over decades (she would have LOVED Pinterest!) I recently came across one for Sweet Potato Parfaits which reminded me of the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato baked dish.

A unique Thanksgiving appetizer: Savory yogurt parfaits layered with cheesy pumpkin and siggi's Pumpkin & Spice skyr. @tspbasil #AD

It was easy to make a savory recipe with siggi’s flavored yogurt (Pumpkin & Spice in this case) because they are so low in sugar. Bonus.

Admittedly, these cheesy pumpkin parfaits are a bit outside of the traditional Thanksgiving menu box but I feel like appetizers are where you can get a little more creative and unique on turkey day.

Think cheesy pumpkin gratin meeting a dollop of cool creamy goodness and you got these parfaits.

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Mini Cheesy Pumpkin Parfaits

A savory twist on dessert parfaits – heat cheese with pumpkin puree and layer with siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice skyr for a creative Thanksgiving appetizer.

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 8 appetizer servings. 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 (15 ounce) can canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie puree)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
  • 4 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 (5.3 ounce) containers siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice yogurt
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds, optional

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add pumpkin, butter and cream or milk. Heat over medium heat and stir. Heat until warm.
  2. Add in 3 ounces cheese and mix until melted. Mix in salt and pepper and remove from heat. Cool slightly.
  3. Using eight (4-5 ounces) glasses, make parfaits by layering one tablespoon pumpkin puree, one tablespoon siggi’s yogurt, one tablespoon puree, one tablespoon yogurt and ending with one final tablespoon of puree. Repeat with remaining glasses. Top each parfait with remaining cheese and a few roasted pumpkin seeds, if desired.

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A unique Thanksgiving appetizer: Savory yogurt parfaits layered with cheesy pumpkin and siggi's Pumpkin & Spice skyr. @tspbasil

If you need some holiday recipe inspiration, check out all of The Recipe ReDux creations made with siggi’s yogurt below…..and let the holiday cooking and baking season begin!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving must-have dishes (besides the turkey)? Trying anything new for your menu this year?


Sarah Grace Spann

Saturday 14th of November 2015

ahh I was SO hoping to find the pumpkin one at my Whole Foods, but they didn't carry that flavor. Thankfully the vanilla and coconut ones were just as yummy! But I love how you made this a savory recipe with the cheese! So unique from the typical sweet parfaits I see!

xo, Sarah Grace

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Sunday 15th of November 2015

Thanks much and I'm crushing on your gingerbread truffles :) I love the coconut siggi's too - the one flavor I'm so wanting to try is lemon zest & Fig.

Bridget

Saturday 14th of November 2015

yumm, I just purchased the pumpkin and spice siggi's. good idea, like the savory twist

Sonali- The Foodie Physician

Thursday 12th of November 2015

I'm so intrigued by this savory parfait! The addition of cheddar sounds so yummy! I still haven't been able to find the pumpkin & spice siggi's, but I'll keep looking, everybody seems to love it!

Ashley Murphy @Nutrition by Ashley

Thursday 12th of November 2015

I love the idea of putting cheese in this! So creative!! It also looks so pretty and delicious :)

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 13th of November 2015

Thanks much Ashley - I'm now craving your sweet potato casserole :)

Min

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

I love the idea of a savory parfait with a hint of sweetness ;). I really look forward to all kinds of stuffings come Thanksgiving. It's so comforting and satisfying to me..feel like my body really craves carblicious things during this time of the year..sweet potatoes, pumpkin...I shall enjoy them to the fullest!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

I'm with you - all the stuffings please!!

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