|Ingredients:||1 medium-to-large oval or oblong watermelon (seeded or seedless)
Kitchen knife & paring knife
Green dry erase marker or ¾”-1” thick painter’s trim tape
Large bowl & spoon or scoop
Toothpicks or straight pins
Watermelon nose, bow-tie, feet, and beak (eyeball images to trim)
Blue gelatin cubes for water
|Directions:||1. Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
2. On a cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4”-1/2” from the stem end, this will provide a sturdy base.
3. Stand the watermelon upright on the base. Use a dry erase marker to do a simple outline of a penguin’s body, head and wings, using the front 1/2-1/3 of the watermelon. Use the carving image to sketch approximate shape.
4. 1/3 the way from the bottom of the watermelon, draw a straight line around the back, being careful not to go through your penguin outline, this will create your serving bowl.
5. Use the knife of your choice to carefully cut away and around your outline, leaving just the bowl and penguin attached.
6. Hollow out the watermelon serving bowl portion with a spoon or scoop, reserving the watermelon pieces to make diced watermelon for filling.
7. Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to carve away the green skin of the watermelon to expose the white underneath to add detail for the face, cheeks, and belly.
8. Scrap watermelon pieces can be made into a beak, bow tie, and web feet. Affix the beak, bow tie and 2 blueberries for eyes with toothpicks or straight-pins.
9. Fill the bowl with cut fruit, place on a serving platter and place blue gelatin around the base to show water, if desired.
|Source URL:||National Watermelon Promotion Board|