How can you serve the melon? These cool ideas & recipes will be a hit at every party
Melons are simply wonderful, you will surely agree with us. Would you like to try something a little more unusual with them than just serving them straight? Then you have come to the right place, because today we would like to introduce you to a few original ideas with which you can serve melon not only in a pretty, but also in a delicious way. Combined with other fruits and salty sweets such as ham, feta and other cheese, the melons turn into real taste bombs. How about melon skewers or melon pizza? Curious? Then read on!
Arrange finger food with melon
You know these appetizers that are often served as a starter and mostly consist of pasta? Well, you can also prepare delicious appetizers without dough by choosing a starter with melon. The following idea consists of melons, feta and cucumber and is somehow reminiscent of the Italian bruschetta. You can shape them round or square.
For 10 to 12 pieces:
- 1 melon
- 100 g cucumber, diced
- 115 g feta
- 1 tbsp red white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- pepper and salt
- optional balsamic vinegar
If you want to serve the melon like bruschetta, you first have to cut it into approx. 5 cm thick slices. Then cut out circles with a cookie cutter in the desired shape or a glass. Use a melon cutter or ice cream scoop to make pits in these, which you then fill with the following filling (dice the remaining melon meat):
Mix the diced melon with the cucumber, 2/3 of the crumbled feta, the vinegar and the olive oil. Season with pepper and salt. Put the filling in the prepared wells and sprinkle everything with the remaining feta. If you want, you can sprinkle the balsamic vinegar over the canapes. By the way, onions also go well with it. If you want, you can also mix onions into the filling and then serve the melon in an appetizing way.
Serve melon nicely in the form of a sweet pizza
Everyone likes pizza. But it doesn’t always have to be hearty and hearty. We’ll show you how to arrange melon to remind you of a pizza. It is a sweet treat that is healthier than any pizza and most desserts. The perfect dessert for parties and even without a reason.
For about 16 pieces:
- 1 watermelon, preferably without seeds
- 115 g cream cheese
- 140 g Greek yogurt
- 30 g of powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- Fruits for topping, cut into small pieces
- optional fresh mint leaves for garnish
Mix the cream cheese with the Greek yogurt and orange juice in a bowl. As soon as a smooth cream is created, add the powdered sugar and mix everything together well. Cover the bowl and set it aside to rest. In the meantime, cut the melon into 5 to 7.5 cm thick slices, which you then cut into pieces like a cake. Then put a dollop of the cream on each piece, after which you garnish the melon with the prepared fruits and possibly with peppermint leaves. If there is any leftover cream, you can serve it as a dip.
Arrange a hearty, sweet melon pizza
Of course, you can also use salty ingredients to top the melon pizza slices. The combination of onions, Bulgarian feta and olive oil, for example, is ideal. You can then spread mint leaves over it. You can also use mozzarella for this purpose and season with balsamic vinegar if you like.
Watermelon in filo pastry or puff pastry
You will need filo pastry for this recipe. From this you form small nests in a muffin baking pan, which you can then fill with the melon and other ingredients. This is how you can arrange the melon in the nest and serve the melon decoratively in this way:
For approx. 30 nests:
- Filo pastry
- 4 slices of seedless watermelon
- 150 g feta, crumbled
- 2 tbsp liquid butter
- Balsamic vinegar
- optional mint leaves for decorating
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Take the pastry sheets (put two sheets on top of each other in each nest) and coat them with the butter. Cut each sheet into four squares. Grease the wells of the baking sheet and then place a square in each well and then a second slightly offset. Bake the nests golden yellow for 15 to 20 minutes.
Cut the melon into cubes about 3.5 cm. Spread some feta in the nests and top the melon cubes. Then sprinkle the remaining feta over the cubes, drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and decorate with mint leaves if you like. Now you can arrange the finished nests with melon on a serving plate.
Skewers with melon as a starter
Skewers are very popular for parties, but are mostly made with meat and / or vegetables. Melon skewers also taste wonderful, especially if you serve feta or ham with melon. Incidentally, such skewers can also be grilled. You can shape the melons in any way you like – as cubes, circles or balls. How about these ideas:
How can you serve melon on a skewer with feta
- Watermelon, diced
- Feta, diced
- Balsamic vinegar
- Basil leaves
- Mint leaves
- Shish kebab skewers
All you have to do is skewer the ingredients in turns. Then you can serve the skewers with melon and drizzle with the basil. Isn’t that a really quick and convenient idea for an appetizer at a party?
Arrange melon – ham and melon skewers
Melon with Parma ham is a popular snack that is also really quick to prepare. In the example, honeydew melons were used in the form of balls, but you can also skewer the fruit in cubes. If you want to serve melon with ham, proceed as follows:
- Honeydew melon or cantaloup melon (watermelon is also suitable)
- Prosciutto (e.g. Parma ham)
Use a watermelon cutter or ice cream scoop to form balls (or other shapes) from the pulp. Skewer a piece of ham on a toothpick and then a ball of honeydew melon. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and drizzle the finished skewers with lime juice. You can then arrange the skewers with melon on a large plate.
You can also add mini mozzarella if you want like in the picture above. The way in which you skewer the ingredients can also vary according to your taste. For example, above you can see a variant in which the ham was wrapped around the melon cubes. In between there is a basil leaf.
Serve melon – healthy cake for dessert
Does that sound unrealistic to you? But it is not if you are making the cake from a melon. Of course, you can also decorate the cake with any cream you want, or with chocolate sauce. Other fruits can also be used as decorations. For example, you can cut out pretty shapes from fruit with cutters and spread them on the melon cake. To do this, simply cut the selected fruit into thicker slices and then use the cutters as you would with cookie dough. How can you serve melon in the form of a cake? We explain that to you in this article. Take a nice cake stand or plate on which you then arrange the melon cake.
Melons on a stick
Should it be finger food for the party so that it can be nibbled comfortably? Melons on a stick are also ideal for this. How do you serve melon on a stick? First cut the melon into slices without removing the skin first. This works equally well with water melons and honeydew melons. Then cut each slice into triangles like a cake. Whether you choose eighths or smaller is up to you.
With a sharp knife, cut through the middle and from below through the skin of the melon. However, you should not pierce the pulp here. The slot should be long enough for the popsicle stick to fit through. Then insert a stem through the slot into the pulp and only about 7.5 cm of the stem are visible. Fill a bowl with ice cubes and distribute the melons on the stem (stem up) to keep them cool.
Chocolate melons with pistachios
And another sweet temptation that none of your guests can resist: chocolate melons with pistachios. Everyone knows that fruit and chocolate go well together. So it should come as no surprise that the combination of chocolate and watermelon is a real culinary delight, especially in combination with the pistachios.
- 1 small watermelon
- 350 g dark chocolate
- 100 g pistachios
Cut the melon into thick slices, remove the peel and cut the pulp into cubes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the cubes on it, then freeze them for 3 to 4 hours. Grind the pistachios in a blender, place them in a shallow bowl or deep plate, and then melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave at several short intervals.
Spear a cube of melon with a fork, dip it halfway into the liquid chocolate and then into the pistachios. Then place it back on the baking sheet with the chocolate side up. Then you can store the melon nibbles in the freezer for up to 1 week. Serve frozen, if you like, or thaw 15 minutes beforehand. You can then arrange the chocolaty melon on a pretty plate.
More ideas with chocolate
Of course, that’s not the only option for a chocolate melon for dessert. For one, you can play with the shape again. Both balls and the classic triangles, if you like, also on a stick, as well as melon sticks are ideally suited for this purpose and will also look great.
Not only pistachios are delicious either. You can use any nuts, including desiccated coconut or flaky salt. If you want it to be particularly colorful and cheerful, you can also use sprinkles instead. Freeze-dried raspberries, which you can chop up and use instead of or in combination with nuts, are also a great idea.