3 Gourmet Watermelon Recipes – Grill, Glaze & Guzzle it This SummerFood The List
During the summer, there's nothing as refreshing as fresh-cut watermelon. And turns out, the meat inside is soaked in nutrients. But you can do more than just slice off a wedge and feed your face. Chef Ryan Mead is bringing us some amazing gourmet watermelon recipes for you to try at home.
1. Grilled Watermelon with Corn, Feta and Chorizo
Watermelon combined with corn and chorizo? Who would've thought! This recipe is perfect if you're looking to challenge your taste buds or impress at your next potluck. The best part? This recipe is as simple as can be.
1 seedless watermelon
Thai basil (but feel free to swap for mint or cilantro)
Fresh corn serves as a happy mediator between sweet watermelon, tangy feta, and savory chorizo. Add a generous splash of lime juice and fresh Thai basil to round out the mix, but feel free to get creative and swap Thai basil for mint or cilantro.
You can also substitute lime juice for equal amounts lemon juice, or a generous splash of your favorite vinegar. The simple addition of char from the grill and a few extra ingredients create a bit of fat and acidity.
2. Watermelon Salad with a Balsamic Glaze
Here's a refreshing summer twist if you're looking to change things up with your salads. The balsamic glaze will marry perfectly with the sweetness of the watermelon, and the mint will just wrap every single bite with its freshness.
1 seedless watermelon
8-10 oz feta cheese
1 handful of fresh mint leaves
4-6 tbsp balsamic glaze
Arrange watermelon slices on a large serving tray or platter. Next, remove feta cheese from brine and drain well. Crumble feta cheese over the top of the watermelon slices. Then drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top of the entire platter. Finish by sprinkling the chopped, fresh mint over top and a touch of sea salt.
*Balsamic Glaze Recipe
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel or nonstick sauce pan, place over medium high heat, and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, lower heat to a good simmer, and let reduce 'til about 1/4 the liquid remains, about 15-20 minutes. It should be very thick and syrupy almost like a molasses consistency.
3. Watermelon Cocktail Slushy
There's no better way to finish off a meal than with a nice, refreshing cocktail. We'll even scoop out the meat from the watermelon and use it as an awesome serving bowl for our drink. How cool is that?
Half a medium watermelon
4 oz lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 cups white rum
A dozen ice cubes
You start off by stabilizing your watermelon half by slicing a round of rind off the bottom. Then, hollow that puppy out (reserving all the fruit and juice) and pop the watermelon shell in the freezer. Next, toss your scooped out watermelon into the blender with the lime juice, rum and ice. Blend until the ice is fully incorporated.
So, there you have it. Beer isn't the only summer staple we can enjoy, watermelon is also a favorite for this summer! Which one of these recipes will YOU be trying out this summer? Sound off on those comments down below!
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