- June 13, 2008 at 10:24 pm #258325
carve a melon bowl
that wonderful taste of summer.
let’s face it, no matter how it’s sliced – it tastes the same –
sweet, juicy and delicious. but if you want something a little more
fun than wedges on a tray to serve at your backyard barbecue – a
fruit melon bowl is the answer. you can make it as simple as cutting
the melon in half, cutting out the melon with a melon carving knife.
slice up the pieces and put them back into the hollowed-out melon
rind. simple, quick and still stunning.
but this summer, how about carving a little more “sophisticated melon
you will need:
Additional fruit to fill bowl: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, seedless
grapes, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
blackberries, plums, oranges
Garnish: lemon, lime or orange slices, grapes, melon balls or
Tools: garnishing tool or serrated knife (jack-o-lantern carving
knives work well), melon baller or simply cut the fruit into bite
To begin, take a sharp knife and slice a small thin piece off the
bottom of your melon so your finished basket sits flat on a plate or
table without rolling.
Use the tip of your knife or garnishing tool and score the watermelon
in half, horizontally. Then mark a strip of about 1-1/2″ – 2″ wide
that will form the handle of your basket.
Use your garnishing tool and start cutting around the melon on the
lines. The garnishing tool naturally makes V shaped cuts, which makes
doing a basket like this a breeze. If you do not have a garnishing
tool, use a small knife and make the V cuts one side at a time. You
could also forget the V and make straight cuts.
To make separating the melon easier, and the finished product neater,
turn your garnishing tool over, and go over the cuts in the opposite
Carefully separate the cut sides from the body of the watermelon. Use
a melon baller and hollow out the inside of the watermelon. After
removing all the edible parts, take a large spoon and gently scrape
out the sides of your “basket”. Be care not to scrape too thinly on
the handle, as you want it to have some stability, even though you
will never try to carry it this way.
Mix the watermelon balls (or pieces, if you don’t have a melon
baller) with other ripe fresh fruits. To make a handle garnish,
thinly slice lemons, limes or oranges and use a toothpick to affix
them, along with a grape (pictured), melon ball or cherry, to the
Hint: To keep fruit getting soggy in the bowl, incorporate “drainage”
holes in the bottom of the watermelon after hollowing it out and
before filling with the fruit. Put the basket in a large oval
roasting pan filled with ice cubes (to keep the fruit cold), and the
water from the fruit drained into the pan along with the melting ice.
This kept the fruit in the basket from getting soggy.
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