By: Graham Ray

Pumpkins are the great overlooked fruit when it comes to cooking.  Yeah, October’s favorite gourd technically is a fruit, just like others that masquerade as vegetables like avocados, tomatoes and cucumbers.

But that’s a debate for another day. For now, let’s focus on the orange squash that many people only use for carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween or for making pies.

But there are other ways to utilize the fall fruit – did you know that you could even roast pumpkins? If you cook them right, roasted pumpkin is a healthy Halloween treat as delicious as any other squash.

In the video below, Jaden Hair from SteamyKitchen.com shows you a simple, savory and sweet roasted pumpkin recipe.

Roasted pumpkin can be a great theme-appropriate appetizer for your Halloween party, or the perfect accompaniment for a juicy reverse-seared steak.

One piece of advice: pick a small or medium-sized pumpkin to cook. It can be mighty awkward – not to mention dangerous — to slice an enormous jack-o-lantern style pumpkin samurai style.

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