Melon kebobs form a colourful and appealing sight – juicy melon balls, skewered onto bamboo sticks alongside other bright fruits like strawberries and blueberries. However, these melon kebobs become even more attractive when placed in a basket made out of a hollowed out watermelon, and can serve as a great appetizer or fresh dessert course for a light summer lunch or brunch.
- Large, sharp chef's knife
- Melon baller
- Small paring knife
- Water proof black marker
- Bamboo skewers
- A large oval-shaped watermelon
- A variety of smaller melons (honeydew melons, or cantaloupe melons)
- Assorted fruits and berries (blueberries, strawberries, grapes)
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
Start by preparing your basket, out of the watermelon. Place it lengthwise on a flat surface, and using your waterproof black marker, draw on the outline of a basket, leaving space for a handle that should be roughly 1½ to 2-inches wide.
Next, using your large knife, proceed to carefully cut along the outline you made. First, cut along one side of the handle, making vertical incisions, and then slicing it away horizontally, leaving the basket handle intact all this while. Then, cut along the other side of the handle, until all the excess watermelon has been cut away from the top, and the handle alone remains atop the basket.
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Now pick up your small knife, and hollow out the flesh of the watermelon from the basket handle, leaving only the rind to form the handle. Next, focus on the flesh left inside the basket – remove as many of the seeds you can, and using the melon baller, scoop out small balls of watermelon flesh, and put these into a bowl, until the entire basket has been hollowed out.
After you have prepared the watermelon basket, and the watermelon balls, it is time to focus on the other melons. Slice them in half, scoop out the seeds, and using the melon baller, make melon balls out of the honeydew and cantaloupe melons – this should not take too long, as all you have to do is insert the small scoop into the melon flesh, and twist it to form a ball. Put all these balls in with the watermelon balls.
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Once your melon balls have been prepared, it is time to begin on the kebobs. Take a skewer, and in whichever order you prefer, slide on a colourful combination of melon balls, and other fruits. Berries and grapes will work best for this purpose, but you may cut up chunks of other fruits like kiwis or mangoes, and use these along with the berries and melon balls to form a fruit kebob.
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Now that all your fruit kebobs are ready, line them up on a tray. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon and lime juice, along with the sugar. Blend until the sugar is dissolved, and pour this mixture all over the kebobs.
Finally, transfer the kebobs to your melon basket. The basket will form an attractive sight, so use it as a centrepiece for an outdoor summer lunch, and serve fresh.