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There’s so many ways that you can enjoy melons during the summer months. I bet you never thought about these unique ways to eat cantaloupe.
Unique Ways to Eat Cantaloupe
Enjoy Cantaloupe in a New Way
So I’ve shared with you all of the health benefits of eating cantaloupe every day, and we covered how to pick the perfect cantaloupe every time….but what about ways to eat cantaloupe? I know you’re thinking…”don’t you just slice it and eat it?”. You can, and that’s how I normally eat cantaloupe, but there are some really fun and unique ways to eat cantaloupe!
Cantaloupe probably isn’t a fruit you think of cooking with. Aside from having it in a fruit salad, the idea of cooking with it just doesn’t seem like it would work – especially given its water content. However, you really can cook cantaloupe and make some amazing dishes with them.
Roasting cantaloupe is a wonderful way to cook with it. As a matter of fact, roasted cantaloupe takes on a whole new taste. So if generally speaking you don’t like cantaloupe, then try it roasted – you might be pleasantly surprised.
Roasted cantaloupe becomes a great topping for your breakfast cereal in the morning, or maybe on your ice cream for dessert. Or mix it with some Greek yogurt.
If you’re looking for how to roast cantaloupe, it’s really quite simple.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut up your cantaloupe into chunks.
- Toss about 2 tablespoons of sugar with the cantaloupe (substitute honey and a splash of vanilla for a slightly different taste).
- Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cantaloupe begins to caramelize.
- Cool completely.
There you have it – a great topping or mix in for an added sweet taste with a little crunch.
You can also grill cantaloupe, just to change things up a little. Cantaloupe actually grills very nicely.
- Slice your cantaloupe and put a little brown sugar on top.
- Then pop it on the grill for a few minutes on each side just to get some nice grill marks on it.
- Serve it with your favorite ice cream.
Fun Cantaloupe Recipe
Melon and Prosciutto Appetizer
For a sweet and salty appetizer, why not try this Melon and Prosciutto combination.
* 1 large cantaloupe
* 3 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto or fully cooked ham
Cut cantaloupe in half and remove seeds. Then slice cantaloupe into thin strips.
Cut prosciutto or ham into 1-inch wide strips. Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each melon slice. Enjoy!
If you’re going to have cantaloupe and cook with it, just get creative. It’s a sweet fruit, so experiment with your palate and see what you can create. Make a salsa or a cantaloupe puree, or just add it to the side of a tasty shrimp and basil Aioli. Just have fun with it and enjoy cooking with cantaloupe.
I also LOVE these dried cantaloupe chunks….they’re seriously like eating candy!
What are your favorite cantaloupe recipes?
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