Ah ha! The final watermelon post from the giant watermelon: gazpacho!
My roommate suggested this idea from a recipe she found online. I went searching for that and couldn’t locate it but I did find this one from Mark Bittman who I dig so I adapted from his.
- 3 lbs Watermelon flesh
- 2 Large tomatoes, centers removed
- 1 English cucumber, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1 Clove Garlic minced
- 2 tbs Lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Feta – for topping
- 1/2 C Chopped mint
This couldn’t be any easier, toss all ingredients except feta and mint in to a food processor and blitz until mostly smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Place mixture in to the fridge and allow to cool for a few hours.
Top the soup with feta and mint and enjoy! To keep this vegan, skip the feta and add a drizzle of olive oil.
We served this with black garlic bruschetta. If you haven’t tried black garlic yet you’re truly missing out. It’s slightly terrifying at first glance but give it a chance and it will change your life. The flavor is like garlic and balsamic kissed with unicorn tears. You buy it in bulk and it lasts quite a while. I’ve made salsas with it, soups, stews, toast, and I’ve even eaten the cloves whole. Amazing. My favorite though is so easy, mostly because Trader Joe’s does most of the work. Their bruschetta (as seen here) is delicious and requires minor intervention on your part. Heat it up, or don’t either way it’s tasty.
- Sliced French, or other crusty, bread
- 1 Head Black garlic
- Shaved parmesan
- Olive oil
- Cheater’s method: Trader Joe’s tomato bruschetta
Drizzle bread with olive oil and smear at least a clove on each piece. You will want more, trust.
Top with parmesan and place under broiler until golden brown on top. When it’s super hot outside, the toaster over works just as well.
Serve with toppings of your choice. We also had another mix from TJ’s, I believe it was artichoke but it couldn’t compete with the tomato.
You can make your own bruschetta mix from crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Or lame out like me and buy the convenient jar. =)
P.S. I’ve recently started managing a farmers’ market so expect to see some lovely fresh ideas from there!
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Tagged black garlic, bruschetta, cucumber, feta, gazpacho, lime, mint, parmesan, soup, tomato, vegetarian, watermelon
I bought watermelon in order to make gazpacho (stay tuned) and the thing was a beast. After harvesting over three pounds of melon I was still left with more than half! What to do, what to do?
Well, booze of course. So, I got to slicing and soaking in St. Germaine, Vodka, and for a virgin option; lime juice.
It’s as if the St. Germaine was made for watermelon; the floral notes marry the fruit so well. The vodka made the fruit in to a potent alcohol delivery vehicle.
You will need:
- St. Germaine
- Popsicle sticks -if you want frozen treats
- Lime juice -if you want a virgin option
Cut your watermelon in to pop sized slices if you plan to freeze them. Otherwise go for bite-sized pieces. Place in shallow dishes or zip-top bags and top with alcohol or juice. Refrigerate over night. After soaking the fruit is ready to enjoy. My roommate and I ate the entire tub of St. Germaine fruit and washed down the soaking liquor not too soon after. One word: amazing.
To make pops, insert sticks in to the wide end of your watermelon slices. Place the pops on a lined tray and freeze for at least four hours, preferably overnight.
The St. Germaine pops were perfect and felt like popsicles, the vodka pops never quite froze solid but they were refreshing and delicious.
With the leftover watermelon vodka I made a cocktail with equal parts St. Germaine (yes, more!) and watermelon vodka. I chopped one of the vodka pops in to ‘cubes’ to keep things cool. I also added a few pieces of vodka soaked melon.
I made them small which turned out to be a great thing because the vodka soaked watermelon was incredibly strong making one drink more than enough.
These are not so much recipes as a nudge in the right direction. I adapted the above from this which sounds delicious. Another virgin idea that sounds great is rose water or orange blossom water. Yum!
I have one final watermelon post for you in the works.
This is so simple it doesn’t need a lot of fanfare but I present to you a snack that will improve any 90+ degree afternoon. Serves two.
- 3 Cups watermelon flesh
- Juice of one lime
- Handful of mint
Cut watermelon in to bite-size pieces and set aside. Roll mint leaves up like a cigar and cut with a sharp knife, leaving nice minty ribbons. Toss mint, watermelon, and juice together. You can eat this right away or if you have patience let it chill in the fridge for a bit enjoy a cool refreshing treat.