Watermelon appetizers with feta and mint makes a refreshing appetizer. Cute as an amuse-bouche for a summer dinner or bbq. And of course a cocktail party.
It's the last day of the month and therefore I have to submit my foodblogswap blog post. And even though my entire site is a mess, I will keep my promise. I kept it simple this time, but no less tasty. I had to cook from the blog: whatmomwouldcook, where the art of cooking of all mothers around the world is put in the spotlight. A great starting point. The last few recipes that are posted are true works of art which I would like to make at another occasion, but as I said with all my extra workloadnot now. Perhaps at the next food blog swap. After looking around I opted for watermelon appetizers with feta and mint. Finished quickly and the taste was surprising. This is a delicious snack as appetizer before you give a dinner (or bbq) or as a cocktail snack at a party.
Melon comes in all shapes and sizes, but is a special case is the watermelon. With its beautiful red color, full of water and deliciously sweet one of the highlights of the summer season. Watermelon is therefore becoming more popular each year. Especially now that the seedless varieties are readily available. The same flavor and less mess. But did you know you can easily sow them yourself?
Grow your own
I've grown watermelons for many years. In the Netherlands, with a zone 8 (watermelons can be grown from zone 3 - 11) it can be done provided that we have plenty of sun in summer and then you can harvest delicious sweet melons. Small watermelons though, as a long hot summer is required for a nice big watermelon from the open ground. A greenhouse of course gives better results. Many melons can be tied up, so the fruit stays off the ground and is bound along a trellies or other structure. Because watermelons are much heavier, most of the cases can better crawl on the ground (and you need a lot of place). Put the fruit on a bed of straw if possible.
Tips for growing
In my zone I start seeding the watermelons inside, around mid-April. Let them gradually get used to the outside temperature after May 10th and around May 20 plug them into the ground. Make sure you mix plenty of compost into the soil before you plant. Fertilization, but also a good drainage (which you get by working the compost through the soil) is important for melons. To give the melons an extra boost, you can cover the land three weeks before you plant with black soil. The sun warms the ground than and your plant gets a head start. Also you can grow in a manure pile. Therefor make a hole in the ground, fill it with fresh manure top with straw and then cover with sand. You get a small hill. On top of that hill you plant the watermelon. This way you get fertilizer from the manure and the hill will give of warmed (as in digesting the manure releases heat). This will result in extra growth and is well worth trying.
It's a good taste!
Recipe watermelon appetizers with feta and
Watermelon appetizers with feta and mint
- ½ watermelon seedless
- 2 limes
- 2 lemons
- 100 grams feta
- mint leaves
- lime zest optional garnish
- Grate the lime, if you want to use the zest as garnish.
- Squeeze the limes and lemons.
- Mix the juice in a bowl.
- Cut the melon into cubes of about 2 x 2cm.
- Marinate the melon in the juice, for at least 2 hours.
- Turn the melon now and then, so that the flavor can withdraw at all sides.
- Place on a appetizer spoon or a plate and crumble the feta on top of the melon.
- Garnish with mint leaves and optional lime zest.Serve cold.