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Buffalo Goat Cheese Jackfruit Dip with Homemade Pita Chips

This buffalo jackfruit dip with the variety of healthy dippers makes for the ultimate platter. Especially, when served with homemade pita chips, this will be your new go to for gatherings, football season or movie nights.



Jackfruit has become a big food trend and is in very high demand these days. It is a fruit that comes from Asia and Africa. It is a healthy meat replacement and is loved by everyone including: vegetarians, vegans and even meat lovers cannot get enough!


Even though this item is technically a fruit and grown in tropical environments, it has the consistency like meat such as chicken, pork or beef. This is what makes it so unique! So, when it is shredded, tossed with sauce and seasonings and cooked no one can ever tell the difference! People forget that they aren’t even eating meat. It is the perfect healthier alternative.


The great thing about jackfruit is that is is low in fat, sodium and carbohydrates. However, it does not have that high protein source that you can get from consuming actual meat.


I recently did a Coconut Shrimp 2 Ways recipe to appeal to people who prefer to be healthier as well as those who do not have a preference. This recipe is similar to that and can go both ways as well. I did not make them both ways this time, however I want to touch on the method I took with this one.


I wanted to make this recipe healthier by incorporating greek yogurt as opposed to cream cheese. With greek yogurt the flavor can tend to be a little sour and tart, even when mixed with sauces and seasonings. So, for those of you that prefer the healthier method, I would take the tart greek yogurt over the cream cheese. If there are those of you that do not have a preference I would stick with the cream cheese to have more of a savory taste.


Serves 3+, INGREDIENTS: For the Buffalo Goat Cheese Jackfruit Dip

2 cans jackfruit in brine, shredded/pulled apart - from amazon or Trader Joe’s

1/2 cup mild, medium or hot buffalo sauce + 1 TBSP, new primal brand

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

1 cup greek yogurt 5% OR 8 oz. plain cream cheese

1 TBSP ranch seasoning, tasty brand - can easily be found at jewel, walmart or amazon

2 TBSP green onion, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare a baking dish with non-stick spray and heat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Drain jackfruit cans and rinse with water. Separate the top from the bottoms. Discard the bottom and any soft seeds and pull apart the jack fruit as if it were meat.

  3. In a bowl, mix the greek yogurt or cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch seasoning and green onions.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix the jack fruit, crumbled goat cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and hot sauce mixture. Mix well.

  5. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

  6. Serve right away with dippers of choice.

Serves 3+, INGREDIENTS: For the Pita Chips

One package pita bread, thinly cut into triangles

1/2 cup olive oil

1 and 1/2 TSP onion salt from Trader Joe’s

1/2 TSP garlic powder

1/2 TSP Italian seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with foil and non-stick spray.

  2. Cut pita bread into thin triangles and place on prepared baking sheet.

  3. Once pita is cut and lined up, mix olive oil, onion salt, garlic powder and italian seasonings in a bowl. Whisk until mixed well.

  4. Using a basting brush, baste the tops of the pita bread with the olive oil mixture.

  5. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. After 10 minutes flip over to the other side.

  6. Once done, remove from heat. Serve right away with dip or eat as a snack.

PRETTY PLATE KITCHEN ITEMS USED:

  1. Decorative Melamine Dip Platter

  2. Glass Prep Bowls

  3. Floral Kitchen Knives

  4. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

  5. Baking Sheet

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