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How to Use a Melon Baller & 2 Melon Baller Recipes

Have you looked in your kitchen drawers and found a tool that looks like a small ice cream scoop? It’s actually a melon baller, designed specifically for scooping out small sections of melon. You can use it on honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelons, and it makes it very simple to scoop out perfectly round sections that can be used to decorate or flavor certain dishes.

How to Make a Melon Baller Drink

Why pay a lot of money for a fancy cocktail when you can make it at home? If you have the ingredients and a melon baller, you can make this fruity beverage on your own. It’s surprisingly easy, and there are a few ways you can modify it to suit your tastes or to make do with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

This is one of the best uses for your melon baller scoop, and that scoop makes little balls of melon that are the perfect size for garnishing a cocktail.

  1. Start with two ounces of Midori and add in one ounce of vodka.
  2. Then, top it off with your juice of choice.
  3. Garnish that with one or two scoops of melon

For this recipe, honeydew melon is preferable, but you can use cantaloupe as well for a different flavor, or watermelon for something a bit blander. You can use all three if you like- a scoop of each. This kind of drink made with three different kinds of melon is known as a Triple Lindy, and it’s something you may want to try at least once in your life.

The melon baller cocktail can be served straight or on the rocks. If you are serving it straight, be sure to mix your liquid thoroughly and then strain it into a glass. If you’re making it on the rocks, first fill your glass with ice and then add in your liquids. Stir the drink with a straw and you’re done.

This is a very simple cocktail that anyone can make themselves using this straightforward melon baller drink recipe and still have an enjoyable, tasty beverage. You can add some different garnishes and try it with a few different alcoholic bases to get the desired result, and it’s a great cocktail to play around with a bit.

Pomme Recipe Melon Baller

Our melon baller is useful for more than just making fruity cocktails. You can also use it to make something called pomme, or pommes parisienne. The small scooping tool is perfect for making this pan fried dish.

Forget the melon baller recipe for this- you’re only using the scoop and no melon at all. You start by washing and peeling potatoes, then use the melon baller to scoop out as much of the potatoes as you can. You decide how much pomme you want to make based on how many potatoes you choose to use.

If you are using 4-5 pounds of white potatoes, then you should end up with about two pounds of potato balls when finished scooping. You can put those balls into a separate bowl and cover that while you prepare the rest of the pomme recipe melon baller.

For all the leftover bits of potato, you don’t have to toss them out. You can take the strips that are left and make fried potato slices or use them for mashed potatoes.

Dab the potato balls dry with a paper towel and then place them in a pan with melted, clarified butter to cook them. Clarified (or non-dairy) butter ensures that the potatoes don’t burn as you cook them. For two pounds of potato balls, you should be using about four tablespoons of butter.

The potatoes should be cooked in one even layer, as this allows them to cook on each side equally. You will want to turn them as you cook them so that all sides will be equally cooked.

Use a low heat so that the potato balls can cook slowly and evenly all the way through. Be sure to coat the potatoes with the butter to ensure a crispy finished product.

How do you know when the potatoes are fully cooked? It should take about 15 minutes for them to turn golden brown on the outside, and when they do, they are done. If they aren’t browning properly, you can turn your heat up slightly and ensure that they are cooking on each side, flipping the potatoes as necessary.

Once the potatoes have cooked, you can season them with salt and black pepper. You may want to add parsley, hot pepper sauce or ketchup to garnish and serve them. Be careful, though, as they will stay hot for a while.

Great Ways to Use Your Melon Baller

The melon baller is a handy tool that can be used for more than just scooping out pieces of melon. It’s multifunctional, and we’ll show you a few different uses for it that you might not have thought of.

Prep a Pineapple- You can use the melon baller to scoop those brown parts from the pineapple called eyes, leaving behind just the sweet, tender parts of the fruit. While you can eat the brown eyes, they aren’t particularly tasty, and if you would rather your pineapple be entirely yellow and fruity rather than fibrous, use your melon baller to clean it up.

Scoop Out Tiny Ice Cream Servings- The melon baller looks like a small ice cream scoop, right? Well, you can use it like one as well and scoop out very small servings as part of a novelty dessert. Maybe you want to add a small scoop of ice cream to the top of a piece of pie or cake. This is a great way to spruce up a dessert without getting an overly large scoop of ice cream.

Seed Tomatoes- If you would prefer your tomatoes to be without seeds, the melon baller is a great way to clean them up. Just scoop out the seedy sections and leave yourself with tomatoes that have some space for stuffing or that won’t make as much of a mess when you slice them.

Get Rid of the Core- You can also use your melon baller to de-core fruits like pears and apples. Removing the core can make them easy to slice into small sections, and it also makes them safer for small children to eat.

Make a Fruit Salad- Instead of slicing up fruit for your fruit salad, you can use scoops of fruit to make this classic dish in a new, interesting way. Scoop out bits of melon, pineapple, pear, and more with your handy melon baller to create a lovely fruit salad made from perfectly bite-sized pieces.

So, the next time you come across that small “ice cream scoop” in your kitchen drawers, you have a couple of ideas of what to use it for. If you don’t have a melon baller, we hope that these melon baller recipe ideas have inspired you to get one next time you are out shopping.

 

 

Written by Pauline

Pauline is a mother of four, when she isn't cooking up new dishes for her family and friends, she likes to dine out at newly-opened restaurants (especially tapas!) and review them in her blog posts.

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