Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Southern Watermelon Benedict

Beautiful, isn't it?

This is a perfectly refreshing summertime addition to your breakfast or brunch that will pleasantly surprise your guests!  We ate this at the Azalea Inn whenever we stayed there on our recent Savannah trip.  Every night at the Inn, they put up on a pretty chalkboard what was for breakfast the next morning, and whenever we read "watermelon benedict" we were kind of perplexed--curious for what we were going to be served.  Of course usually when you see some benedict, it's usually eggs.  (So I thought umm....eggs and watermelon?!!)  Our interest was peaked and we were pleasantly surprised by what was presented to us as the "first course".  A colorful dish that consists of sliced watermelon and kiwi on granola with a thick drizzle of yogurt.  Lovely on the eyes and yummy on the tummy! :)

Here's a picture of the original watermelon benedict we fell in love with at The Azalea Inn & Gardens.

This is a very easy recipe that looks much more elegant and difficult than it really is!   My husband is the one who made these for breakfast this morning, and he did a fabulous job!  He had the bright idea of how to do the granola.  We have chewy white chocolate chip granola bars from Cascadian Farms.  First, he flattened them out with his hand, then he split them in half and put them side by side and molded them together to make one square.  Next, he used a biscuit cutter to make the perfectly round shape each one of them has.  The sweet white chocolate in the granola was a subtle complement to the fruit!  I wish that we had taken picture of assembling this, but we didn't. All this takes is basically some cutting and easy!  We used Greek yogurt because we like that the best, and it has a lot of protein in it.  

So here is a simple recipe for Watermelon Benedict!  Please try this refreshing dish out for yourself and just imagine being out on a veranda in Savannah enjoying every bite!

Watermelon Benedict

2 white chocolate chip chewy granola bars

 fresh seedless watermelon

1 kiwi

1 small carton Greek yogurt

1 tsp. honey

mint sprigs for garnish

As I mentioned before, take each granola bar and cut it in half.  Place both halves side by side and press together to form a square-like shape that is big enough to cut a round shape.  Do this to both granola bars so there are 2 squares.

Using a 2 1/2 to 3 in. biscuit cutter, make a circle from both granola squares.  Set the granola circles to the side.

Using the same or one size down (what we did) biscuit cutter, make circles from 1/2 inch slices of watermelon.  You will need 4 circles.  Set watermelon circles aside.

In a small bowl, mix together yogurt and honey.

On the plates, start to assemble the benedict.  First place the granola circles, then stack 2 watermelon circles, and lastly 2 slices of kiwi.  Next drizzle a generous portion of yogurt on the top.  Enough to spill over the sides.
Garnish with a freshly washed mint sprig.  

Serves 2.

(Completely enjoyed this first bite!)

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The Selfless Helper said...

Omg thank you so much! I'm a 19 year old guy and I'm learning to cook and make small dishes to help my mom and my future wife lol, I loved the simplicity to make these and they look delicious!!! Thank you ! :) feel free to email me if you'd like to see a picture of the one I make after I make it haha

Leslie said...

Thanks for your comment and for reading! So glad you can find a little help with recipes here... That's a great way to "impress" the right lady;). My husband is pretty good in the kitchen, too!

This watermelon Benedict is a great place to start. So good and looks impressive but easy to make. God bless!