I was going to a bbq the other day and I needed to bring a non-meat item. That was tricky for me. I mean I can bbq any number of delicious animals, in any number of delicious ways. But a side dish … much trickier. Can’t just be lazy and make a salad. Salad is for losers. Ah, making fun of vegetables, works every time. I wanted to do something light and summerish. I saw this idea to use watermelon, goat cheese, and basil with bacon, layered in mini discs, here: http://www.themeaningofpie.com/2011/05/watermelon-and-goat-cheese-bites/. But I wanted to put my own spin on this.
My only concern was that this dish would be too half-assed and not manly enough for a bbq. Not to worry though. I know one sure fire way to make anything more manly, awesome, and delicious all at once. Soak it in alcohol.
I took painstaking care in cutting out these juicy watermelon discs using, appropriately enough, a metal jigger. Then I set them out on this plate and poured spiced rum all over them, leaving them sitting in a pool of delicious rum. I let them soak in the rum for about half an hour, just long enough for them to take on some of the rum without turning them into a pure disc of alcohol - and of course, long enough for me to appropriately sample ten or twenty of these rum soaked discs, to ensure the utmost quality. After cutting these discs came the hard part.
Along with the watermelon discs I added goat cheese, and mint. I love mint and watermelon together and I thought it would be a great refreshing treat. The hard part was cutting the goat cheese into thin discs (I used floss so it wouldn’t just crumble). I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have had to resort to smashing some pieces into little discs like they were Play-Doh. I’m not proud of it, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. I mean if I was making five of these I would have taken the time to shape each one into a perfect little disc, but by the time I got to the tenth one my work product had gotten significantly crappier. Finally, to finish them off, a drizzle of tangerine flavored balsamic vinegar.
The end result?
The watermelon bites turned out great. Nothing was too overpowering. The whole thing was really refreshing. The juiciness of the watermelon went well with the creaminess of the goat cheese. And the mint provided a nice touch of sweetness, balanced by the tartness of the balsamic vinegar. All in all, not too shabby for a bbq dish without meat.
Nom Rating: NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM (Seven Noms - Summer Nommage)