Welcome to summer, where the days are long and warm, the beach is a playground, and juicy watermelon is the ultimate seasonal treat. This sensational summertime fruit offers an endless array of possibilities, from classic sweet and tangy salads to refreshing and flavorful margaritas. And if you’re looking for something unique and unexpected, why not try making watermelon steaks? You won’t believe the deliciousness these juicy steak slices offer! Read on to learn how to slice into summer with watermelon steaks.
1. Slice Into Summer With Watermelon Steaks!
Say hello to summer with watermelon steak! This easy-to-make dish is a great way to impress your friends and family at your next barbecue. All you need are:
- 1 large watermelon
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Herbs (optional)
First, cut the watermelon into 1-inch-thick slices. Brush both sides of the slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the steaks on the grill, turning them over once. If desired, before serving, sprinkle each steak with your favorite herbs. Serve while warm and enjoy!
2. An Easy Way to Spruce Up Summer BBQs
Summer BBQs can be a great way to enjoy outdoor cooking, and create some special delicious moments. But even your favorite BBQs can become repetitive, so here’s a tip for giving them a summer-inspired makeover.
Firstly, start with the basics. Work out which BBQ recipes your friends, family, or guests will expect – and make sure you stock up on the right ingredients. Then, to take it up a notch, think about adding extra elements like marinades, salads, and sauces all with a distinctive summer flavor.
- Incorporate a few citrus ingredients – lemons, limes, and oranges can work really well.
- Look out for seasonal produce – like stone fruit, summer berries, and summer squash.
- Think about adding some summery herbs – these can liven up any BBQ plate.
But don’t be afraid to break with tradition! If burgers, hotdogs and ribs are getting stale, why not try something different? Infuse some unexpected flavors into your summer BBQ for a truly unique experience – check out our gallery for some inspiration!
3. All You Need to Know About Watermelon Steaks
Since this summer, watermelon steaks have become a big hit! If you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s all you need to know:
- What is a watermelon steak? A watermelon steak is a thick, juicy slice of watermelon that is cut like a steak.
- Who invented it? The idea of a watermelon steak was first suggested in 2018 by the popular vegan chef and wellness coach, John Schlimm.
The best way to serve a watermelon steak is to season it with a dry rub of oil, spices, and herbs, and then cook it on the grill. This will give the steak a smoky and savory flavor. You can also serve the steak with fresh herbs and a zesty sauce for more flavor. Watermelon steaks make for a great vegan and delicious main dish!
4. The Versatile Fruit Takes Centre Stage
When it comes to versatility, no other food item can compare to the multi-purpose fruit. Its sweet, sour and savoury flavour profiles allow it to play key roles in just about any dish. Not to mention, its bright and vibrant colours are a welcome addition to any platter.
The Uses of Fruit
- In salads and savoury dishes, it can add subtle sweetness and crunch to dishes such as fresh corn and Tomato or Thai Style Mango and Broccoli Salad.
- Fruit can add flavour and texture to protein-rich dishes such as Cod in a Red Curry or Seared Halibut and Crispy Brussels with Bacon.
- It also adds a sweet, tangy flavour and visually appealing texture to desserts like Pear and Apple Crumble Pie and Chocolate Glazed Cakes.
- And if you’re tired of the same old salads, try incorporating a combination of fruit, cheese, nuts and crunchy vegetables for a flavoursome salad bowl.
Fruit can be used for so much more than salads and desserts – the possibilities are endless! Whether you’re making a light snack, a hearty main dish, or something more creative, you can be sure that incorporating some colourful fruit into your recipes will set you apart from the rest.
5. Discover the Sweet and Savoury Possibilities
There’s nothing like the thrill of discovering new possibilities – and when it comes to desserts, you can make all sorts of tasty treats. Whatever your sweet tooth desires, you can find ways to bring sweet and savoury treats to life. Here are five ideas on how to up your dessert game:
- Creative Twists on Classics: Turn traditional desserts on its head and surprise your guests. Try putting a savoury twist on the otherwise-sweet Tiramisu by adding a herbed cheese layer instead of the traditional mascarpone layer. Or make savoury popsicles with cream cheese, herbs, and kabuli.
- Adventurous Ingredient Combos: Step out of your comfort zone and experiment with different ingredients. Think Brie and sweet pineapple, or even palm sugar and chili-infused chocolate. Have fun with the combinations and you never know what may appear!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to bringing a sweet and savoury creation to life. With just a few ingredients and a little bit of imagination, you can treat your taste buds to something delicious. So don’t just settle for the ordinary; experiment, explore and discover the most delicious desserts possible!
6. Make Your Summer BBQ Deliciously Different
Summer BBQs are a delicious way to spend quality time with friends and family. But too often, we fall into the same patterns, preparing the same old dishes. Liven up your next cookout with these creative recipes and menus to make it deliciously different.
- Grilled Veggies: Put a gourmet twist on traditional mixed vegetables by lightly seasoning them with garlic and olive oil, then tossing them onto the grill for an incredible BBQ flavor.
- BBQ Corn Salad: Skip the conventional side dishes, and give your summer BBQ a unique and delicious spin with this easy-to-make corn salad. The combination of fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, black beans, red onion, cilantro and jalapenos is sure to be a hit!
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Make your usual burgers and hot dogs more interesting by adding grilled cheese sandwiches to the menu. You can really play up the flavor with all kinds of cheeses, vegetables, and sauces.
Don’t forget to put some fun drinks and desserts on the table as well – from homemade popsicles and slushies to some fun and fruity sangria. Get creative with your own take on classic summer BBQ recipes, and make your cookout one to remember!
7. The Best Ways to Serve Watermelon Steaks
Slice & Grill
One of the tastiest ways to serve watermelon steaks is to slice them up and char them on the grill. The heat of the grill caramelizes the sugars, enhancing the flavor of the watermelon. Brush the steaks with a glaze of honey, garlic and butter, and let them char to perfection. Serve with a sprinkled of feta and a couple of basil leaves. Enjoy the flavor of summer with this delicious dish!
Bring out the bold Mediterranean flavors of watermelon steaks with a sprinkle of garlic, paprika or oregano. If a little heat is your preference, some chili flakes or curry powder can really lift up the flavor. Grill the steaks, brush them with some oil and herbs, and serve on a bed of roasted vegetables and lemon wedges. A simple and delightful way to present a light summer meal.
8. Get Creative with Marinades and Dressings
Adding depth to the flavor of your dish can be easily achieved with creative marinades and dressings. Their versatility allows for flavorful, unique combinations you’d never seen before:
- Create Asian-inspired marinades with a wild blend of miso, soy sauce and fresh ginger.
- Mix intriguing and flavorful ingredients such as thyme, maple syrup, and rosemary in your dressing.
- Stir-fry some garlic and onion in olive oil and add your favorite spices. Let simmer on low heat until the flavors have melded together, and apply to your favorite proteins or vegetables.
The possibilities are endless and many recipes can be tweaked and embellished with whatever herbs and spices you already have in the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to experiment and create unique, unexpected flavors! Adding zesty, zingy ingredients to your dressings is a great way to give them an extra kick of flavor. Try combining fresh lime juice, cilantro, and chili flakes to really jazz up your dressing. Or experiment with different mustards, vinegars, and hot sauces to achieve sharp, aromatic flavors.
9. How to Cut the Perfect Watermelon Steak
Cutting watermelon steak isn’t as straightforward as you think. You have to take into account the watermelon’s size, shape and texture – it’s all about finding the perfect thickness for a melt-in-your-mouth savor. Here’s what you need to know for a perfect steak:
- Choose the Right Melon: Before you get slashing, find yourself a ripe watermelon. Check for yellow ‘ground spot’ and thump the melon – if it sounds hollow, it’s ripe and ready!
- Get the Right Knife: A dull knife is your enemy. Grab a sharp 10” chef’s knife or a serrated slicing knife – your cuts will be smoother and you’ll avoid any unwanted juicing!
- Slice It Right: Place the melon on a stable cutting board. Slice off each end and stand the melon upright. Make lengthwise slices 1-1.5” thick for nice thick steaks.
Now that you have your steaks, it’s time to assemble. To keep the structure in the melon, avoid cutting all the way through. Leave the rind still attached to the steaks when slicing, and cut away from the shallowest side of the melon to avoid ruining the steak. Now you’re ready to dive into a delicious steak succulence!
10. Summer Fun with Watermelon Steaks!
As summer heats up and the grills come out, why not add a unique twist to the classic summer barbeque with watermelon steaks? Rich in Vitamin C and containing fewer carbohydrates than their meat-based alternatives, they’re an excellent meat-free option that’s both tasty and healthy.
To cook your watermelon steak: Start by cutting it into thick steaks. Then brush with your favorite oil or marinade. Grill them either directly over the heat or use indirect heat to slowly cook them. If you want to kick up your flavouring, you can sprinkle them with your favorite spices. Grill until they reach a warm temperature, then serve and enjoy!
- Pair your watermelon steak with other vegetables: They pair wonderfully with vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, and garlic.
- Make sure to slice it evenly: For the best results, make sure to even the thickness of your steaks for improved cooking.
So why wait? Celebrate these delicious summer months with the sweet taste of juicy watermelon steak! With the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s the perfect way to slice into summertime.
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