Friday, 11 July 2014

Watermelon Jell-o Shots

As summer continues on, we're seeing ourselves attend more and more BBQs with less and less ideas of what to bring. Well, here's a recipe that will get all your friends swooning over you and inviting to you every party they have from now till forever.

For this recipe you will need 4 ingredients:
- 4  3-ounce boxes of Red Jello
- 2  1-ounce boxes of unflavored gelatin
- 4  cups of vodka
- 1  12-16lb watermelon

After you've gathered those ingredients, you will need the following materials:
- Paper towels
- 2 large bowls (one to mix the Jell-O, and one for the watermelon meat you scoop out)
- 2 cookie sheets or baking dishes (big enough to hold the watermelons while they're in the fridge)
- Liquid measuring cup
- A pot (to boil the water)
- Cutting board
- Spoon or Ice Cream scoop (for getting the watermelon meat out)
- Whisk (or fork if you don't have one)
- Chef's knife (for slicing the watermelon)
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Now that you have all your prep materials, you're ready to start concocting!

First, cut the watermelon in half, hot dog style (vertical).  
Try to find a flatter part for the basis of your cut on one half so that the watermelon will be able to lay on it's side later.
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Your halves will look a little something like this.
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For the next step you can use your own creativity. 
If you want to use the watermelon for a fruit salad or just some watermelon on a stick, grab an ice cream scoop or a melon baller and scoop the pieces out. This will equally impress your friends!

The goal of this step is to get all the meat out of the watermelon and get something like this. You can also accomplish this by scooping the pieces out with a regular spoon and eating everything (or saving it for later).
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Next, grab those baking trays and lay down some paper towels to prevent the watermelon halves from moving around while in the fridge. 
Place one paper towel in the middle, then fold two other sheets and place them on either side so the watermelon will sit in the middle.
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Now, grab one of your bowls and combine the jello mixes and the unflavored gelatin. 
Looks like pretty sand art!
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Boil your water, add 4 cups of the boiling water, and whisk for 2 minutes until everything has dissolved. 
It's starting to smell good already!
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Now for the fun part - add in the 4 cups of vodka! 
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Pour the mixture into the watermelon halves, splitting between the two.
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Now the not so fun part - refrigerate the halves for at least 4 hours until the Jell-O is firm. 
You might notice that the Jell-O has lost some of its volume as the hours have gone by, but that's okay! There's still plenty there.
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Once it is all set, get your chopping board and knife and begin by slicing each half into 1 inch pieces across. 
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Then cut into smaller 2 or 3 smaller wedges.
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Boozy slices of watermelon for the adults, and regular watermelon for the kiddos. Your friends and family will love you forever, not that they don't already!
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Watermelon Jell-O ShotsRecipe by Christine Byrne

Makes about 30 wedge shots

1 12–16 pound watermelon
4 cups vodka
4 3-ounce boxes red Jell-O mix
2 1-ounce boxes unflavored gelatin

1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut the watermelon into two equal halves, lengthwise.

2. Use your knife to slice all the way around the perimeter of the watermelon flesh, about an inch from the rind. Be careful not to pierce through the skin, as this will lead to your Jell-O leaking out. Then use a kitchen spoon to scrape out the rest and create a smooth bowl with roughly 1/2-inch red watermelon flesh left on the rind.

3. Line two small, rimmed baking sheets with paper towels in a way that creates a bed for your watermelon bowls. The idea is to create enough support to keep the watermelon bowls from rolling at all while they’re in the fridge. Put one bowl in the center of each tray and set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Jell-O mix and the unflavored gelatin. Add 4 cups of boiling water and whisk until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the vodka all at once and whisk just to combine.

5. Pour the Jell-O mixture into the watermelon bowls, dividing evenly. Carefully place the Jell-O filled watermelon bowls in the fridge, and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

6. When Jell-O is set, cut each half into 1-inch slices, crosswise, then cut each slice into 2–3 wedges, and serve.

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