Americana Watermelon Basket Recipe

Make watermelon the life of the table by creating this festive basket. This basket makes a perfect addition to any 4th of July celebration or backyard barbeque. Follow the simple design plan to create one of your own. Fill it with red, white and blue fruit for the holiday or feel free to mix it up.



July 2005

This patriotic salad will be the star of your holiday feast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large, ripe watermelon
  • 1 ripe honeydew OR white-fleshed melon
  • Blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Using an oblong watermelon, slice 1/4 inch off the bottom, lengthwise, to provide a stable base. 
  2. Use a pencil to draw lines for handle placement and basket opening.  Cut the handle first, wide enough to hold stars, then make zig-zag cuts with a paring knife, all the way through the rind (be careful to not cut through handle base on either side). 
  3. Carefully remove sections. Pull out large chunks of flesh and cut them into 3-by-3-inch squares. 
  4. From squares, trim off 3/4-inch-thick slices to use for cutting out stars. To cut stars, use 1 1/2- to 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutters.
  5. Next, cut out 5 large star-shaped pieces from leftover rind (use a paring knife if necessary) for the handle.  Trim off red flesh; attach to basket handle, with white side out, with half toothpicks.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside of basket; cut scoops into quarters for fruit salad. Place in bottom of the basket. 
  7. Cut out white strip from honeydew for salad. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, melon strips and blueberries.
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