Get Grilling: Watermelon au Poivre

May 24, 2011

watermelon slices

Nothing says summer like watermelon and barbecuing - so combine the two and you have a quintessential new summer treat. Sweet and spicy, refreshing and smoky, grilled watermelon slices can be breakfast, a starter, a tasty snack or

Grilled Watermelon au Poivre
Adpated from Phil Deffina, Highpoint Bistro & Bar in New York.

Prep time: 5 minutes (+ 4 hours marinating time)

Watermelon, cut into 1 1/2-inch slices
3 TBSP White Balsamic Vinegar per slice
1 TSP sugar per slice
Freshly ground pepper

Carve a 1½-inch-thick slices from the center of a seedless watermelon and marinate in white balsamic vinegar for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Before grilling, season each slice with sugar and a generous amount of ground black pepper (up to 1 TSP per slice; including a combination of ground black pepper, pink peppercorns and grains of paradise).

Grill over direct high heat for about 3 minutes, on one side only. The watermelon should turn bright red and become caramelized on the grilled side.

Serving suggestion: over steak salad with shaved jicama, blanched asparagus tips, radishes, tarragon, chervil and olive oil, salt and pepper.

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