Jul 1, 2011

4th of July watermelon ideas

From the National Watermelon Promotion Board come some fun and colorful ideas to brighten up your Fourth of July celebration. For more information about watermelons, including recipes and health/nutrition data, visit

Red, White & Blue Watermelon Sundaes
Serves 4
4 cups watermelon balls
2 cups fresh blueberries
4 dollops prepared whipped topping
Red, white and blue star sprinkles

Gently mix together the watermelon and blueberries. Divide among 4 bowls or cups. Top each with a dollop of whipped topping and decorate with red ,white and blue sprinkles. Serve immediately.

Watermelon Almond Tart
Serves 6-8
1 cup sliced almonds
1 seedless watermelon sliced into 3-5" pieces, rind removed
1 cup low- or no-fat vanilla flavored yogurt
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

In a non-stick sauté pan over medium heat, toast the almonds while constantly stirring to prevent burning. When they are golden, remove them to a heatproof tray or foil to cool. Cut the watermelon slice into 6 to 8 pie-shaped wedges. Dip the back (curved) side of each slice in the yogurt and then the almonds, re-assembling the pieces on a serving platter as you complete each piece. When finished, it will look like a piecrust of almonds around the watermelon slices. Frost the top of the reassembled watermelon with the remaining yogurt and decorate the top with the berries. Drizzle the chocolate syrup over the top. Serve cold.

Patriotic Petit Fours (in top photo)
Makes 12
12 1-inch cubes of seedless watermelon
1 cup cream cheese frosting
12 red and/or blue candied almonds
Red, white and blue star-shaped sprinkles

Arrange watermelon cubes on a serving platter. Place the frosting in a Ziploc bag and trim off a bit of one bottom corner. Decoratively pipe the frosting onto each watermelon cube. Place an almond at the top of the frosting on each petit four. Decorate with sprinkles and serve on red, white and blue table decor.

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