Serrano Compressed Watermelon & Feta Skewers

Greetings from warm and sunny Florida!!

Here is a great appetizer that you can serve quickly, with low cost, and tons of flavor. In this recipe I used Bsphere Chili; a chili infused single wine balsamic vinegar. This vinegar has great depth, heat, and a little sweetness to top it off.

Compressing any fruit will concentrate the flavors, and deepen the color. If you don’t have a Vacmaster, and have to use a Food Saver, you made need to partially freeze the watermelon, so that you can create the pressure you need, and the liquid won’t run out while you trying to seal the bag. The spiciness of the Serrano pepper marries well with the sweetness of the watermelon, while the cucumber, Feta and mint will help balance the cooling of the palate.

This works well as a hand passed hors d’oeuvres, or as a plated appetizer. Enjoy!

Shopping List

  1. Bsphere Chili
  2. Baby watermelon
  3. Serrano peppers
  4. English cucumbers
  5. Feta cheese
  6. Mint

Kitchen Tools Needed

  1. Vacmaster or Food Saver
  2. Cutting board
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Japanese mandolin
  5. Skewers of your preference
  6. Mixing bowl

Serrano Compressed Watermelon

  1. Cut rind and leave no white left
  2. The best result is to get watermelon with no seeds in it.  Cut the flesh on the outermost part, and reserve the rest for another use
  3. Cut the watermelon in ½ inch squares
  4. Cut Serrano peppers in 1/8” slices
  5. Prepare a vac-seal bag, or Food Saver bag
  6. Place the watermelon tightly side by side in rows
  7. Place one slice of Serrano pepper on each watermelon square
  8. Seal the bag and hold for a minimum of 8 hours.  The longer it’s in the bag, the more pepper flavor the watermelon will absorb.  I recommend only opening the bag prior to use, as you may lose some of pepper flavor

Feta & Shaved Cucumber

  1. Cut Feta into ½ inch squares
  2. Peel and seed English cucumber
  3. Using a Japanese mandolin, slice the cucumber lengthwise, keeping the cucumber width as close to 1/2” thickness as possible
  4. Place the shaved cucumber in a mixing bowl and add enough Bsphere Chili to coat the cucumber

Assembly

  1. Do not let the cucumber rest in the Bsphere Chili, or it will impart too much flavor, and could become overly spicy
  2. Skewer the very end of the shaved cucumber, then one piece of Feta.  Wrap one side of the Feta and skewer the cucumber again, keeping it as tight as possible.  Skewer one piece of watermelon and then again the cucumber.  If any excess cucumber is at the end, cut it off
  3. Take one mint leaf and skewer on the end

Plate on serving tray

 

Flavors of Lonato Products Used:

Bsphere Chili

Bsphere Chili

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