Wonderful Watermelon Recipes & Tips

July/August 2007
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These may be the dog days of summer, but it's also peak season for mouthwatering watermelons. A chilled slice of this juicy red fruit makes a perfect antidote to days spent under the sweltering sun and nights thick with humidity. While there's nothing quite like a fresh hunk straight from the vine, there are numerous watermelon recipes worth trying ? from sandwiches and salads to salsas and even entrees. For a fun breakfast twist, try your hand at these recipes:


Watermelon Doughnuts ? Easy Breakfast Fun

Courtesy of Watermelon.org


watermelon slices

sour cream

sugar to taste

vanilla to taste


slivered almonds


Cut out doughnut shapes from 1?-inch thick slices of seedless watermelon. Sweeten sour cream with sugar and a touch of vanilla to taste. Frost half of the watermelon doughnut slices and sprinkle with almonds. Add another layer of watermelon slices and top with the sweetened sour cream. Sprinkle toasted slivered almonds and serve. Servings vary.


Benedict Watermelon

Courtesy of Watermelon.org


This recipe makes an incredible presentation and is easy to create. You can also make an elegant brunch tray of slightly smaller versions.


1? cups low-fat granola of choice

1/3 cup honey at room temperature

6 3-inch round and ? -inch thick circles of seedless watermelon

6 ?-inch thick slices of peeled kiwi fruit

1 cup low- or non-fat creamy lemon yogurt

3 purple grapes, sliced in halves, seeded, for garnish


Mix the granola with the honey by drizzling the honey evenly over the granola as you stir. On a serving plate, make 6 3-inch circles of granola in even thickness, dividing the granola/honey mixture evenly among the servings. Top each of the granola circles with a watermelon slice and place a slice of kiwi on top. Spoon the yogurt over the kiwi and watermelon as though it were hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict. Top each watermelon Benedict with a grape half, skin side up as a garnish (reminiscent of the olive slice on eggs Benedict). Serves 6


Or, try these flavorful watermelon ideas for anytime:


Watermelon Jelly

Courtesy of Epicurious.com


4 cups seeded, diced watermelon

3? cups sugar

2 tbs lemon juice

? of a 6 ounce pkg of liquid fruit pectin (1 foil pouch)


Place diced watermelon in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or process until smooth (should have 2 cups watermelon puree). In a 6 to 8 quart kettle combine the watermelon puree, sugar and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down) over high heat, stirring constantly with a long handled wooden spoon. Stir in the pectin all at once. Return mixture to a full rolling boil; boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove kettle from heat; skim off foam. Ladle jelly into clean, hot half-pint jars, leaving ?-inch head space. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids. Allow to cool completely away from drafts, then store in cool, dark place. Makes 4 half pints.


Watermelon Salad

Courtesy of Epicurious.com


chopped watermelon

crumbled feta

sliced mint

balsamic vinegar

sugar




Simmer balsamic vinegar and sugar together until much of the liquid has evaporated, thickening into a dressing. Mix together watermelon, mint and feta. Toss with dressing.


Watermelons aren't only for summertime munching ? they're excellent dried, pickled and preserved, and make a delicious snack come January. When the temperature drops and you're cozying up to a crackling fire, watermelon wine makes a savory evening treat, sweetly hinting at the balmier days just around the corner. Learn how to dry, pickle and preserve watermelons, as well as make watermelon wine in Year-round Watermelon, from Mother Earth News. You can even find tips for growing your own watermelons in Best Early Melons.


Have a great watermelon recipe or tips for storing surplus melons? Share your ideas in the comments section below.