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How To Use Watermelon Three Ways

August 8, 2018

Summer could be reclassified as “watermelon season” in the Macomber household. It feels like this time of year I am always looking for new creative ways to sneak this juicy fruit into my meals. Here are three of my new favorite ways!

1. Watermelon Lemonade: Puree watermelon cubes until smooth and stir into your favorite lemonade.
2. Watermelon Sorbet: Puree frozen watermelon cubes with lime juice and sugar.
3. Watermelon Appetizer: Sandwich a slice of prosciutto in between cubes of watermelon and fresh mozzarella. Skewer with an appetizer toothpick, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction.

Watermelon Lemonade

Makes 4 cups

1 ½ cups chopped watermelon
½ cup lemon juice
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 cups water

Puree watermelon, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender until very smooth.  Transfer into a pitcher, then stir in the water.  Serve chilled.

Watermelon Sorbet
Serves 2

2 ½ cups cubed watermelon
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 Tablespoons lime juice

Freeze watermelon cubes until solid.  Dissolve the sugar in the lime juice, then transfer to a blender with the frozen watermelon cubes.   Puree until slushy and all big chunks of watermelon are crushed. Serve immediately, or freeze, tightly covered, for later use.

Watermelon Skewers

Makes 10

1 cup balsamic vinegar
5 strips prosciutto
10 1-inch cubes fresh mozzarella cheese
10 1-inch cubes watermelon

Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil until liquid is reduced to about 2 Tablespoons. Let cool to room temperature.

Slice each prosciutto strip in half lengthwise. Stack a cube of mozzarella, then a strip of prosciutto, then a cube of watermelon; skewer with an appetizer toothpick. Drizzle the balsamic reduction on top just before serving.

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  • Reply
    Late Sparks
    August 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    I just read a Carol Brown book where there was watermelon wine making.

  • Reply
    August 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for your essential tips on how to use watermelon in different ways. I really love those dishes! Salads seem to be yummy!

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