Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Recipe Of The Day: Watermelon & Balsamic Tomatoes W/ Basil Skewers

Summertime has finally officially touched down and the time to enjoy the fruits of the Planets hard labor is now. Everywhere across the country beautifully sweet watermelons and tomatoes are popping up on their vines just waiting to be picked and eaten.
The problem is that not everyone knows a good recipe to combine these too super-foods.
Today's Recipe Of The Day combines the incredible tastes of both the tomato and the watermelon, adds a bit of basil and balsamic glaze and is ready to be skewered and devoured.

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 (5 lb) watermelon, cut into 32 (1 1/2-inch cubes)
32 small basil leaves
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Special equipment: 16 (6-inch) skewers

Combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
Starting with the watermelon squares, push the watermelon to the very tip of the skewer. Then skewer a basil leaf, then a tomato half. Continue with another watermelon, basil leaf, and tomato half.
Place the skewer on a serving platter so it stands upright, using the lowest watermelon square as a base.
Continue with the remaining skewers.
Drizzle the skewers with the reserved balsamic syrup and the olive oil.
Sprinkle with Kosher salt.

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