Grilled Watermelon

August 26, 2007

Grilled Watermelon

Sara, Tucson CSA

If you have the grill fired up at all this week try tossing some slices of watermelon on it. Grilling brings out the sugar in any fruit and intensifies the flavor. Cut watermelon into one inch thick slices and coat with olive oil. Place on a very hot grill and cook on each side just until you begin to see grill marks. Dress the grilled slices with an herbal simple syrup and a few sprigs of fresh herbs for a simple, elegant dessert.

Herbal Simple Syrup

Lemongrass, basil or mint, are all delicious options for making an herb infused simple syrup. Use this syrup to dress the grilled watermelon from the above recipe or add it to iced teas, club soda or cocktails.

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 handful herbs, chopped

Heat all three ingredients over medium heat in a heavy bottom pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to make sure that all sugar is dissolved. Let boil for two minutes then remove from heat. Let cool completely before straining out herbs. Stores well in a jar in the refrigerator for a long time.

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