This recipe puts a fun spin on watermelon. Think outside the box when it comes to appetizers. These watermelon cups are filled with Cranberry Mascarpone and garnished to perfection!
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There’s some recipes that just make a recipe developer so proud of themselves for creating. This is one of those recipes. These Watermelon Cups with Cranberry Mascarpone are incredibly tasty and look so pretty on any holiday platter. I love everything about this recipe, and am thrilled I got the chance to make this one.
When the National Watermelon Promotion Board approached me to create a recipe I was thrilled to do so. I’m a huge watermelon fanatic. I eat watermelon, and all fruit, year round. I’m not going to let anything stand between me and my favourite fruit. I crave it year round so I’m determined to eat it year round.
My challenge was to develop an appetizer with a holiday spin. Challenge accepted.
I wanted to make something that screamed “holidays”. It was important to me to take watermelon out of the “summer fruit” category and place it up on a pedestal for the holiday season. I feel like it gets put in a corner in the winter. And nobody puts baby in a corner.
So I went into recipe development mode and tried lots of options on my way to this recipe. I wanted to create something different and a bit unique. Not your typical watermelon-prosciutto skewer. Not that I dislike those, they’re lovely. I just knew I want to spin this a bit differently.
I tried a few different flavour profiles before falling in love with cranberry paired with watermelon. They plan off each other perfectly. The sweetness of the watermelon paired with a slightly tart cranberry cheese is completely delightful. I balanced it out with a hit of citrus, and a pretty garnish that compliments the recipe.
One bite and I knew this recipe was perfect for the holiday party I was planning. These went over incredibly well with everyone here. People were popping watermelon cups with cranberry mascarpone into the mouths at rapid speed. I’m not going to lie, that made me incredibly happy. It was a hit with all our guests.
I’d like to thank the National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this post, and for giving me such a fun creative outlet. This was a a fabulous project to work on and I loved how it challenged me to think outside the box. Who knew thinking outside the box would lead to cute little cups.
You can find more fabulous watermelon recipes on their website. They have a really cool carvings section on their site too. It’s a blast to scroll through. You can also learn a thing or two on their watermelon 101 section of their site.
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- 2 mini seedless watermelons
- ¼ cup cranberries pulsed in a food processor
- 2 teaspoons sugar (honey and agave also work to sweeten the cranberries
- 1 cup mascarpone
- 1 bunch of basil the smaller the leaves the better
- Zest from one orange
Cut the rind off the watermelons. Try to cut it in a way to get the fruit as square as you can. I know it’s hard with a round fruit. I suggest cutting it in half, then place the cut side down on the cutting board so you can cut the edges off easily and safely. Once the rind is gone, cut the watermelon into small squares. You can cut them into small bite size squares or larger two bite squares. Either way works.
Now lay out all your squares on a platter, and use a small melon baller to remove a small circle of watermelon from each piece. (save the pieces for a salad!) Use small pieces of paper towels to soak up any juice from the wells you’ve made in each piece. I tore one paper towel into strips then placed a tiny piece in each one and left them there while I made the filling.
In a food processor pulse the cranberries until they are small pieces, not quite crumbs but close. Now add sugar (honey or agave can be substituted if you’re not able to use sugar) and pulse until it’s mixed thoroughly. The sugar helps sweeten the cranberries because they can be too tart for most people.
Remove the paper towel pieces from each watermelon well and discard the paper towels.
Use about ½ to 1 teaspoon of mixture in each watermelon well. I rolled my cranberry mixture into balls so the presentation was pretty and also so the mixture went deep into each well.
Zest one orange and use as a garnish on each watermelon cup.
Tear pieces of basil and use them to garnish each watermelon cup.
Serve with a big old Watermelon loving smile!
I hope you have an amazing holiday season. Be sure to whip up some of these Watermelon Cups with Cranberry Mascarpone. Your guests will thank you.
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