MY FINAL NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION UPDATE: WATERMELON GLAZED MEATBALLS

December 18th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

While most people celebrate the New Year with a toast, or by sending fireworks into the air while thinking about what the next year will bring, my wife and I have a different way of celebrating. Each year, we create a smorgasbord of goodies that we enjoy as we count down to midnight.

My wife creates a variety of snacks for this occasion, usually the kind of things you’d see at a football-watching party. Wings, dips, assorted cheeses and meats, and some sort of veggie platter that I usually avoid.

This year, I’m pitching in by whipping up these Watermelon Glazed Meatballs for an appetizer. Since it’s a new addition to our New Year’s feast, I created a test batch this past weekend, and they made the cut as part of the starting line-up on December 31.

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WATERMELON GLAZED MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

24-36 frozen prepared mini meatballs

1 cup prepared barbecue sauce

1 cup watermelon puree*

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oil in a large heavy sauté pan over medium high heat or electric skillet set on 325°F. Saute the mini meatballs until browned and hot. Reduce heat to low. Mix together the barbecue sauce and watermelon puree. Pour over the meatballs and simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot.

*To make the watermelon puree, remove seeds from fresh watermelon and cut into large chunks. Place in a blender and process until smooth and well pureed.

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RECIPE: WATERMELON GLAZED SWEET POTATOES

November 6th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

The official start of the holiday season is just a few weeks away and planning has already begun in our household. Lately, I’ve been helping my wife prepare the house for when our family visits for Thanksgiving dinner, and that usually includes countless hours spent cleaning, dusting, fluffing and decorating.

Lucky for me, when the big day comes, my wife kicks me out of the kitchen to stall the family and make sure the kids don’t sneak into the desserts.

This Thanksgiving, my wife is going to incorporate watermelon into at least three dishes. Follow along all month long to see how we’re bringing watermelon to our Thanksgiving dinner table and get inspired by creations like this one for Watermelon Glazed Sweet Potatoes!

WATERMELON GLAZED SWEET POTATOES

This is perfect if you’re looking for a way to put a new spin on a traditional recipe.

INGREDIENTS 1

1 bottle of cooking spray

1 cup watermelon juice

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons rum extract

dash salt and pepper to taste

2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a low-flat baking dish (such as 11” x 8”) with cooking spray. Set aside. Bring watermelon juice to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until liquid is reduced to ½ cup. Remove from heat. Add butter and sugar and stir until melted and thoroughly blended. Add rum extract and salt and pepper to taste.

Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Peel if desired, although not necessary. Cut into large fries, approximately 4” x 1”. Toss with watermelon glaze and pour into the baking dish. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until softened, but still firm. Toss with glaze several times during the baking process. Remove from oven. Toss again to coat potatoes with remaining glaze.

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

June 25th, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

My apologies to Alice Cooper for the title, but it’s true. School is, indeed, out for the summer. Has been for several weeks for some kids. Which brings me to the topic of this post: kid-friendly watermelon recipes.

And by “kid-friendly” I mean recipes that are either easy for kids to make or recipes that kids would enjoy eating… or both! The National Watermelon Promotion Board website has a whole list of kid-friendly watermelon recipes for you to sample from. And here’s a hint: Even if you’re not a kid or don’t have any kids, these recipes are still fun to make!

Below are five of my favorites, presented in picture format. Click on the title to view the recipe.

Snow Capped Mountains

Watermelon Pizza Supreme

Watermelon Cupcakes

Watermelon Kabobs

Watermelon Sandwich Cookies

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RECIPE: WATERMELON S’MORES

March 5th, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

Ever since I was a little kid, s’mores have always been one of my favorite camping snacks. What’s not to love about it? Graham crackers? Good. Marshmallows? Good. Chocolate? Great! My secret to the perfect s’more, which I’ll share with you here, (but you have to promise not to tell anyone) is to soften or melt the chocolate a little bit by putting the chocolate in the graham cracker and placing it on a rock near the campfire for a few minutes while you cook your marshmallow.

Even though the recipe below for watermelon s’mores isn’t quite the same as a traditional campfire s’more, it’s the perfect standby when you’re camped out at home with friends and family.

WATERMELON S’MORES

smoresINGREDIENTS

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup chocolate fudge sauce

4  two-inch by four-inch by one-inch thick rectangles of seedless watermelon

1 cup mini marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the center of 4 plates. Drizzle 1/3 of the fudge sauce over the crumbs. Place a watermelon rectangle over the crumbs and chocolate on each plate. Drizzle 1/3 of the chocolate fudge sauce over the watermelon. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the watermelon and drizzle the remaining chocolate fudge sauce over the marshmallows. Serves 4.

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WELCOME 2010… NOW LET’S EAT

January 4th, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve turned the corner into a new decade, which is always an exciting time. Unlike the ‘80s or ‘90s, I have no idea what to call the next ten years, but we should all be used to that by now. Even after the previous 10 years, we still haven’t come to a consensus about what to call the last decade.

One of the things I’m excited to announce here on What About Watermelon in January is my weekly recipe series called “Super Sunday Recipes.” Each Sunday in January (and there are five of them), I’ll feature a different watermelon-related recipe that you can put to use at your celebration of football’s “Big Game” on February 7. I’d call the event what it is – let’s just say it’s a BOWL and it’s SUPER – but the football league has strict rules against using the official name due to copyright issues.

Anyhow, if you’re not throwing a “Bowl which is Super” party, chances are you’ll be going to one, so take a look at the upcoming Super Sunday Recipes for some ideas about what to make for the big day. To give you a taste of things to come, on January 10, I’ll be featuring some watermelon glazed mini barbeque meatballs that are sure to make you the MVP of whatever party you attend.

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NOVEMBER IS THANKSGIVING RECIPE MONTH!

November 4th, 2009 by The Watermelon Guy

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I’m a big fan of recipes that use watermelon, even if I’m not always adventurous enough to make them. And with Thanksgiving coming up at the end of the month (November 26), I thought I’d feature a series of recipes here on What About Watermelon designed to incorporate a little extra watermelon into your Turkey Day dinner.

I’ll feature five recipes to be exact, each featuring watermelon as an ingredient (truly adventurous chefs might try all five). The menu includes an appetizer (November 6), a sauce (November 11), a side dish (November 13), a salad (November 20) and, of course, a dessert (November 24).

As for specifics, I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I will say that I plan to make the appetizer you’ll be seeing this Friday. Mainly because it’s easy, but also because I’ll be dining at my family’s house this year and my mother only asked that I bring an appetizer.

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