Friday, August 26, 2011

Frank's Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Frank's Watermelon and Tomato Salad
Servings: 4

A third of a seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 c. mixed small tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. red onion, diced
Juice from 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

NOTES: Frank created this one, and it's a huge hit. We use fleur de sel instead of regular salt, and fresh cracked black pepper. Let everything sort of mingle for a few minutes to meld the flavors. Great with a heavier main dish like burgers, or spicy stuff.

Compressed Watermelon Tequila Bites

Compressed Watermelon Tequila Bites

1/2 of a small seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. tequila
1/4 c. lime juice

Divide watermelon cubes among two food-grade plastic bags and set aside.

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set saucepan in an ice bath to rapidly chill. Once the syrup is cool, stir in tequila and lime juice.

Divide the tequila syrup between the two watermelon bags. Using a chamber vacuum, compress each bag on HIGH. Refrigerate at least an hour, but 2 days seems to be the magic number.

NOTES: I totally winged this recipe, and it turned out really well.  The watermelon takes on a sort of meaty quality when compressed, and the tequila infusion packed quite a punch. These would make excellent party snacks, but be careful – it’s easy to get boozy without realizing what’s going on.