It has been way too hot here to do much cooking. In fact, I have done very little cooking and less blogging. One could say that I took a bit of a vacation from both cooking and blogging. The thought of heating up a kitchen with outdoor temperatures already reaching 110° F. was more than my mind could handle!
That being said, it was tough to even think of walking into the kitchen to prepare something for our get together on the fourth. (Thank you, Carol, for hosting.) I was assigned appetizers. Hmmm...it had to be something cool and refreshing; like Ceviche de Camaron, Watermelon with Sweet
Balsamic Syrup and Mr. T's popular guacamole. (The shrimp are a favorite of ours and perfect of a warm day. That recipe can be found here.)
Mr. T. had brought home a beautiful watermelon and what is more perfect than fresh watermelon on a warm day? I remembered seeing a recipe by David Lieberman for watermelon with a balsamic syrup. The combination intrigued me and since I had everything I needed and wouldn't have to go out into the heat...it was definitely a winning combination for me!
The watermelon was refreshing and the syrup was a nice addition. I am not big on garnishing with mint...it is always too strong for me, but others enjoyed it. It is definitely easy and worth giving a try!
Watermelon with Sweet Balsamic Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 large watermelon
6 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
Combine balsamic, sugar and water in saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat and reduce slightly until syrup consistency. This takes about 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Cut watermelon into small wedges. Drizzle cooled balsamic syrup over the watermelon. Garnish with a chiffonade of mint.
Wasn't that simple? Just right for a very hot day when the heat has zapped your energy!