Summer Salads and Roasted Watermelon?

Summer Salads and Roasted Watermelon?

Summer Salad are a staple for hot summer days, for lunch, dinner or dessert.

This June recipes will focus on delicious refreshing salads! There are many variations to choose from – fruit salads, vegetable salads or combinations of fruits and vegetables!

We love Watermelon. Because of our love,  I’m starting June with this cool, crisp, juicy, and delicious fruit.  I saw an article and several demonstrations for roasting or grilling Watermelon!  I thought, sounds so crazy, so I decided to take the challenge, prepare it and see how it tastes!

Prepared two different versions (actually 3); a Chipolte rubbed 3.5hr Roasted Watermelon AND  Grilled Watermelon Steaks…I use that word VERY loosely. Then, made the leftovers into BBQ Watermelon Bites.

An original recipe from Ducks Eartery in NYC first cooked this watermelon “Ham”, “as an experiment of how people view meat.” describes the Chef & owner @WillHorowitz. The finished Watermelon recipe looks amazing . . .cured 4-6 days, dried, then smoked for 8 hrs and finished in a pan to take on the “ham roast” look. When we are able to travel back to NYC, I will be sure to head to Ducks and try the orginal, as it probably tastes amazing.

I chose a few short-cut variations of the original idea to get the feel for trying something different, and see where it would take me!

For those who have an adventurous sense of cooking, try one of the recipes below and see what you think and which one you like the best (if at all).  Let me know your thoughts!

To Healthy Eating!

Melissa

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Summer Salads and Roasted Watermelon?
Roasted Watermelon with Chipolte seasoning; then a sauce made of soy sauce, thyme, paprika, garlic and olive oil.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3.5 hours
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Sauce for Watermelon Steaks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3.5 hours
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Sauce for Watermelon Steaks
Instructions
  1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel the Watermelon rind off to the red.
  3. Cross-hatch about 1/3rd cut into the peeled Watermelon.
  4. Sprinkle with Chipolte powder and rub over the top of the Watermelon.
  5. Bake 350 on a greased wire tray pan for 3 hours. After 3 hrs, pull out of the oven.
  6. Make mixture of soy sauce, liquid smoke, paprika, oil and thyme. Brush the mixture over the top and sides of the roast.
  7. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees, place Watermelon back in the oven and cook for another 30-45 minutes.
  8. Slice like a ham roast. The consistency is different, still moist with a bit of a crunch, but the heat, saltiness and smoke flavors of the added mixture add a unexpected flavor combo.
Watermelon Steaks
  1. Slice Watermelon, trimming off rind to make a nice square.
  2. Pat dry for a few minutes to remove extermal wetness.
  3. Place on paper towel iin the refigerator for few hours to dry out the Watermelon Steak.
  4. In the meantime, reduce the balsamic vinegar, stovetop for 8-10 min on med heat, frequently stirring until the reduction occurs. Set aside.
  5. In a fry pan, heat the oil over low to med heat, then lay the steaks in, searing on each side. You will see a caramelization, and nice browning of the steaks, looking like seared Ahi Tuna Steaks.
  6. Once the steaks are nicely seared, remove and drizzle the balsamic reduction over the top with a sprig of fresh mint, makes a beautiful presentation.
BBQ Watermelon Nuggets
  1. After I had made all that and we did actually eat some of it, analyzing its texture, taste and any improvements to make, I had one more thought of what to do with the leftovers!
  2. Take the leftovers and cut into strips, layer on a greased wire pan and coat both side generously with your favorite BBQ sauce. I used Tessmaes Organic BBQ sauce.
  3. The BBQ bites came out crispier, less inside crunch, but still a smooth texture. We finished them all!
Recipe Notes

Melissa's Modifications - This cooking adventure with Watermelon was an interesting one. The photo's show me how beautiful this fruit  is and it makes enticing looking dishes. However, the anticipation of the "look and the taste" do not go hand in hand...it is a mind experiment of sorts. If I had not prepared the dishes and closed my eye to and had a taste test, having no preconceived notions of what I was eating, I may have had a different taste experience.

If you like your watermelon cold...these dishes are not for your palette.

Nutritional Value:  1 Cup diced -  46 calories; 0 fat; 11g carbs; 170mg Potassium; 1g Protein; 20% Vitamin C;17% Vitamin A; 2% Iron; 5% Vitamin B-6; 3% Magnesium.

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