How to Cook with Cantaloupe

How to cook with Cantaloupe

June. 22, 2014 till present July. 1, 2014,  here at Splendid Recipes and More we have posted about everyone’s favorite summer time melons, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew (link here if you missed the articles).

Mark a vendor at our local Farmer’s Market gave us a lot of tips to choose the best melon to enjoy this summer.

We found a few recipes that we thought you would enjoy. The first one is Mark’s idea, which is roasting with cantaloupe. What you may say, roasting a cantaloupe? Yes and here is what Mark had to say.

“Cantaloupe, Mark says, probably isn’t a fruit you think of cooking with. Aside from having it in a fruit salad, the idea of cooking with it just doesn’t seem like it would work, and especially given its water content.” Mark goes on to say, “You really can cook cantaloupe and make some amazing dishes with them.”

So I asked Mark, “What cooking idea or technic you have in mind?”

He said, “Roasting cantaloupe is a wonderful way to cook with it. As a matter of fact, roasted cantaloupe takes on a whole new taste. So if generally speaking you don’t like cantaloupe, then try it roasted , you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Roasted cantaloupe can be a great topping for your breakfast cereal in the morning, or maybe on your ice cream for dessert.  Or mix it with some Greek yogurt.

Here’s the recipe…

Roasted Cantaloupe

roasted cantaloupe

Roasted Cantaloupe
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If you’re looking for the how to, it’s really quite simple.

First, slice the cantaloupe in half, and scoop or cut out the fruit.

Preheat you oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove the seeds. Then cut the cantaloupe into chunks.

Place into a medium bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey and a splash of vanilla for a slightly different taste.

Place coated melon onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cantaloupe begins to caramelize. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Mix the cantaloupe up in a large mixing bowl with some favorite summer berries, like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. Mix in a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar infused with raspberry or pomegranate. Spoon mixed fruit into the two shelled halves of the cantaloupe. See finished product by viewing the header picture of this article. Serve and enjoy.

Grilled Cardamom Cantaloupe with Swiss Cheese Crumbles

Grilled Cardamom Cantaloupe with Swiss Cheese Crumbles
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You can also grill cantaloupe, and Mark says, “Cantaloupe actually grills very nicely.”

Slice your cantaloupe and put a little brown sugar on top. Then pop it on the heated grill for a few minutes on each side just to get some nice grill marks on it. Serve it with your favorite ice cream.

You can also leave cantaloupe the way it is and pair it with some other great foods to help you find a way to enjoy cantaloupe that much more.

 

Finally, a sweet and salty appetizer, why not try this Melon and Prosciutto combination.

Melon and Prosciutto

1 large cantaloupe

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls
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3 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto or fully cooked ham

Cut cantaloupe in half and remove seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out pulp or cut pulp into bite-size cubes.

Cut prosciutto or ham into 1-inch wide strips. Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each melon ball. Fasten prosciutto with a toothpick.

If you’re going to have cantaloupe and cook with it, just get creative. It’s a sweet fruit, so experiment with your palate and see what you can create. Make a salsa or a cantaloupe puree, or just add it to the side of a tasty shrimp and basil Aioli. Just have fun with it and enjoy cooking with cantaloupe.

What are your favorite cantaloupe recipes?

 

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Ten Ways to Beat the Heat with Summer Melons

Ten Ways to Beat the Heat with Summer Melons

Watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe are the three most common and loved melons, and they are all melons which are mostly consumed throughout the summer months.

From April until August its melon season throughout earth’s northern hemisphere. Consuming these melons while in season should be about more than just the fact that they taste good and are supper refreshing. They contain vitamins and minerals, including large amounts of water, which is hydrating to the body.

Here are ten wonderful ways to enjoy melons in the summer.

Watermelon Basil and Goat cheese

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1. A nice hunk of juicy watermelon will help beat the heat. If you feel watermelon is a little too bland for your taste, then just cube up some melon and toss it with a little feta or goat cheese and some balsamic vinegar and olive oil sprinkled with some fresh basil. You’ll have a simple, refreshing, grown-up treat that’s sure to help you beat the heat this summer.

2. Make a delicious summer soup with pureed honeydew melon and cantaloupe. Chill it and add some fresh mint leaf for an extra refreshing treat.

3. Make a refreshing drink out of the melons. Whether it’s a watermelon martini or just a sparkling water drink garnished with your favorite melon, it’s sure to help you beat the heat this summer.

4. Make a watermelon smoothie or a melon parfait for a treat in the heat.

5. A fruit salad with all of your favorite melons in it will cool you down and be light and refreshing enough to help keep you feeling cool and breezy.

Melon Ball Ice Cubes

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6. Using a melon scooper, make melon balls with your favorite melon and freeze them and add to fresh water. It will make your water have a nice sweet taste as the melon balls thaw, also it will cool you off while providing a great refreshment (link here for a great recipe on preparing Melon Ball Ice Cubes).

7. If you don’t want any melon in your ice cubes, just make a frosty granita by pureeing your melon. Mix it with some ginger ale, lemon juice, and lime juice; then freeze it. Give it a stir every half hour or so and you have a wonderful cooling slushy-like dessert.

8. Melons are even great as a salsa for a nice light dinner dish. It’s refreshing and tasty with a nice grilled piece of chicken.

9. Try all the different types of melons. If you can get your hands on something other than cantaloupe, watermelon, or honeydew, then you should try them for a different treat to beat the summer heat. Melons like Casaba melon, for a sweet and spicy flavor the Crenshaw melon, the Persian melon, and the sweet honey-like taste of the yellow flesh watermelon.

10. Enjoy fresh melons with your friends – preferably by the pool or some other body of water. Nothing says fun and summer like watermelon at the beach with the people you love the most. So get out there, have a good time, and beat the heat with your melon in hand and your toes in the water.

Melons are the perfect summer beat-the-heat food because of the large amounts of water they contain. Water helps thin the blood which means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump the blood through your veins. So even if you’re not a big fan of drinking water, just eating these watery melons will do so much to help you stay ultra-cool and hydrated. Just grab your favorite melon today and beat the heat this summer!

Here’s our recommendation for a great salad using watermelon: Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad.Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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