Not sure what to cook on National Watermelon Day? Home-Tech’s foodies have provided you with three delicious watermelon recipes that will add to your enjoyment of summer’s most refreshing treat, the watermelon, while utilizing the best appliances on the market. Although watermelon is more than 90 percent water it is also a rich source of vitamin A and potassium as well as the antioxidant, lycopene. Watermelon is perfect in salsas, salads, baked goods and more.
Watermelon juice and pulp make a moist, plump muffin. The chocolate chips simulate seeds as well as add flavor. You may substitute plumped raisins for the chocolate chips, if you wish. One of the appliances we would recommend for baking is the Whirlpool® 4.8 cu. ft. Capacity Electric Range with 9″/6″ Dual Radiant Element. The AccuBake® temperature management system delivers uniform baking results every time. A built-in sensor monitors oven temperature ensuring an even bake, every time.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 standard muffins or about 48 mini-muffins
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup (about 1/8 medium seedless watermelon) watermelon juice with pulp (see Note)
- Red food coloring, optional
- 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Confectioners’ sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line standard or miniature muffin tins with baking paper cups.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cut seedless watermelon into cubes and process in a food processor or heavy-duty blender until thick with small bits of pulp still remaining. You will need 1 cup of processed watermelon.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add sour cream and watermelon, beating just until combined. (A few drops of red food coloring may be added to the batter to enhance the color to simulate watermelon.) Fold in chocolate chips. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes for standard muffins or 15 to 18 minutes for mini-muffins. Place muffins on racks to cool. Just before serving, sift with powdered confectioners’ sugar, if you wish.
Sweet/Sour Watermelon and Cucumber Salad
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1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar to taste
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 dash salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
3 cups seedless watermelon balls or small chunks
2 English cucumbers, peeled, seeded and sliced into small slices
Mix together the vinegar, water, sugar (adjusting as desired) and poppy seeds in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the chopped scallions. Place the watermelon and cucumber in a serving bowl and pour the marinade over the top. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate a couple of hours before serving. Toss gently before serving.
Jamaican Rock Lobster Tacos
2 cups watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 tails rock lobster tails, cooked
2 avocados peeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 papaya cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup cilantro, fresh, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon jerk seasoning
1 dash salt and pepper to taste
1 head iceberg lettuce
1 ounce shredded coconut
We suggest for you to steam the lobsters on appliances that are meant to provide the perfect temperature like the KitchenAid 5 Elements Pure Ceramic Glass Surface Electric 36″. This cooktop features an exclusive Custom Control temperature management system that allows high-speed elements to heat quickly for mixing a stir-fry or caramelizing onions.
Cut tails in half lengthwise, remove vein, cut into 1/2 inch slices. Combine lobster with watermelon, avocados, papaya, and cilantro. Pour lime juice into small bowl and slowly whisk in honey and jerk seasoning. Pour over lobster mixture and refrigerate one hour, stirring occasionally. Place in soft taco shells on a bed of shredded lettuce, sprinkle with coconut.
Kitchen Appliances Not Working Quite Right?
If while preparing your Watermelon feast you notice that your oven or refrigerator is not functioning so well, call Home-Tech for a service call. We can fix any brand of your appliances and are available when you need us most. Our technicians will tell you about our First Call’s On Us program, where we cover your appliance repair with the purchase of a Gold Service Agreement. For more information, call 800-800-8356.