I bought a watermelon today and thought about just cutting up chunks for our dessert tonight, but when I cut the end off, and it was so pretty, I decided to make some fruit kabobs with the strawberries, blackberries, and chunks of watermelon I had on hand. Since I love yogurt for fruit dipping, I decided to scoop out the middle of the end piece for a little "dipping bowl". It was great for the first piece...but I did have to slide the next pieces down the bamboo spear to get them into dipping position. Oh well, it was cute and it is fun to eat...so consider dessert served!
The down side of this is when I dipped and then put my mouth over it to get it off the skewer, I would have been double dipping if I'd dipped again for the next piece of fruit...so in hindsight, unless you are sharing with someone you kiss - probably not the best idea for a communal dipping bowl! Better get a spoon for serving some of the yogurt...then people can double dip on their plate all they want obviously! Still, even without, it is a pretty display of fruit for a summer picnic or barbecue.
It was pretty darn easy for such a nice look too!
Just cut a fairly small piece off the end of the watermelon.
Slice just a touch off the bottom to stabilize it and make it sit evenly.
Slice another slice, remove the rind and cut some generous squares.
I scooped the center with a large cookie dough scoop (and oh weren't THOSE the nicest pieces to eat!) and dried the "bowl" with a paper towel, then added one container of yogurt.
I got out my blackberries and strawberries and some bamboo skewers, threading alternate colors of fruit onto the skewers (ending with the pointed end at the bottom) and just stuck them into the "watermelon plate".
Very cute and verrrrry, delicious....
And, unfortunately, you can see what I mean about the end of the stick causing double dipping. Too bad, because it's a cute alternate for dipping bowls, albeit not practical! I almost always serve individual ramekins....because I like to double dip. :-) Of course, as stated above - a spoon in the dipping section will allow self service onto a plate, thus avoiding a communal dipping arena.
This watermelon was so incredibly sweet - the first one of the season for me - and it was locally grown and a mere $3. Happy Days!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!