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Recipe: Savory Creamy Pumpkin Cups

Savory Creamy Pumpkin CupsWhen I was hired by Athens Foods to create a savory recipe featuring their Mini Phyllo Shells, I knew I wanted something that would incorporate the flavors of the season. Naturally, I thought pumpkin. There aren’t that many recipes around that are savory and feature pumpkin, but the ones that are out there sure are good! I decided I need to do my part to help people know that pumpkin can really shine in more than sweet desserts this time of year. Pumpkin is a great ingredient in savory food too! 

Savory Creamy Pumpkin Cups

I modeled this recipe off of one of my all time favorite soup recipes. You may remember the Creamy Pumpkin Soup Shooters I created and shared a couple of years ago. They were a hit at our Thanksgiving feast, just like I know these Savory Creamy Pumpkin Cups will be popular at our fall festivities this year. I really appreciate recipes that are a cinch to put together in a time crunch and this recipe is totally that. With the convenience and ease of Athens Foods Mini Phyllo Shells, you can’t go wrong. I hope you enjoy this appetizer as much as we do!

Savory Creamy Pumpkin Cups Appetizer

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 appetizers

Savory Creamy Pumpkin Cups Appetizer

A simple and savory pumpkin appetizer using pre-baked mini fillo shells.


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon, crumbled
  • 15 Athens Mini Fillo Shells


  1. Combine pumpkin puree and sour cream in a medium bowl. Stir until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add salt, pepper, pumpkin pie spice, Italian seasoning and cheddar cheese. Stir well.
  3. When ready to serve, spoon pumpkin mixture into baked mini fillo shells. Top with crumbled bacon.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Disclosure: This is a compensated sponsored post on behalf of Athens Foods. All opinions expressed are my own.



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  1. I love this savory spin on pumpkin!!! Such a cute appetizer for the holidays. Dangit you’re creative!!

  2. Pumpkin and bacon are so crazy good together. And you’re right…there are very few savory pumpkin recipes. Love this one!

  3. I love how simple this recipe is and yet so impressive looking!

  4. I am allll about savory pumpkin dishes, and I want to pop a whole tray of these cuties right into my mouth! Great idea for holiday parties too.

  5. Could you pop them in the oven to warm it up? Or would that change it too much? I love savory pumpkin! I did pumpkin wontons with chipotle laughing cow cheese, it was yum.

    • I didn’t try that… I was afraid it would change the consistency of the sour cream and make it more soup like, which would make the shells soggy. I think a warmed up version would be delicious though!

  6. Savory pumpkin is actually my favorite! I may prefer it to the sweet! These are so cute and perfect for holiday entertaining!

  7. These cups are so dreamy :) I love savory pumpkin recipes!

  8. What a fun appetizer, perfectly bite sized.

  9. What a great appetizer Kristen! I really never thought to add cheddar with pumpkin but it seems like such a natural fit. And of course bacon goes with everything. I need to try those shooters too.

  10. It’s pumpkin, it’s got bacon and it’s mini, yep sounds perfect! This is a fun appetizer! I will pin this to make for my family.

  11. I want to get CUPPED.

  12. I adore pumpkin anyway you serve it up and these adorable little cups are no exception. Love these!

  13. These are totally awesome!!

  14. My, how beautiful these pumpkin cups are. And what I like most about them is they look so easy to make. Oh, and they have bacon – let’s not forget that.

  15. This recipe is good for children who don’t like eating vegetables. The food looks so mouthwatering in the photo. I should try this myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  16. These look pretty freaking incredible! Well done! :)

  17. these sound fabulous Kristen!! they would be great at Thanksgiving too!

  18. I’m adding this to my “bring to Thanksgiving list.”
    I just love pumpkin in savory things.


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