1 sugar pumpkin (or 1/4 large pumpkin)
8 ounces feta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon grape seed oil


  1. Pre heat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Quarter the pumpkin and using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Save the seeds for roasting. Using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the pumpkin. Cut slices of pumpkin, about 1-inch thick, then cut again to cube into 1inch by 1-inch cubes.
  3. Mix the pumpkin with the rest of the ingredients gently in a bowl.
  4. Place on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness of slices.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Cut the feta cheese into 1-inch by ½ inch rectangles.
  7. On a small skewer or long toothpick place a piece of pumpkin, feta cheese and pumpkin (so that the feta in in the middle). Stick the skewer in a small pumpkin or gourd for a creative presentation.  

Whatever shall I serve as an appetizer?  What is something creative that my guests will like? This is a mystery that seems to need constant solving.  Always to the rescue is our Mystery Chef with a solution for your appetizer dilemma! 

This truly easy and colorful dish serves as both a colorful autumn centerpiece and appetizer. All you need is a small pumpkin, some honey and spices and a creative spirit.

Simply quarter the pumpkin, remove the skin and cut into cubes.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and roast for 15-20 minutes. To assemble your creation, alternate cubes of feta cheese with pumpkin on a skewer and place into a small pumpkin or gourd.  Your guests will be impressed!

Sugar Pumpkin and Feta Cheese Appetizer
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