Sweet victory frozen watermelon and sangria

Wine soaked watermelon

I won something today. It wasn’t a plastic tchotchke from a trade coference, nor was it a Publisher’s Clearing House giveaway… I actually won 10lbs of something delicious because some people over at Marx Foods liked my burger! It’s the first food competition I’ve ever won and given all the tasty looking entries, I’m pretty excited to have won. This means I’ll have 10lbs of kobe beef hamburger to store/cook/eat, so expect some more burger recipes over the next few weeks.

For those that haven’t heard of them, Marx Foods has an awesome selection of hard-to-find foods ranging from kangaroo meat to truffles to a plethora of seaweeds. A great resource when a recipe calls for Poussin and you start thinking dirty thoughts.

I wish I could share the prize with all you readers since my waistline doesn’t need another 10lbs of anything added to it, but after you’ve had a few pieces of this watermelon you’ll feel like you’ve won something too.

WatermelonThis is a no-cook dessert that’s so simple it’s not really even a recipe, perfect for the middle of summer. I also can’t claim it entirely as my own since it was wholly inspired by Michelle’s wine-marinated grapes over at Thursday Night Smackdown.

The watermelon doesn’t freeze solid and is more like a popsicle in texture. The alcohol flavor is totally subdued by the cold temperatures so it’s one of those things where you eat a few pieces and wonder why you feel so good.

The best part is that nothing goes to waste. The wine that the watermelon soaks in takes on a great watermelon flavour and makes a fantastic sangria. If you really want to make the most use of the watermelon, you can also peel the rind and salt it to make pickled watermelon rind (more on this some other time).

1 small seedless watermelon peeled and chopped into big chunks
1 bottle of Pinot Grigio, Muscato D’Asti or other cheap fruity wine.
1/2 a lime juiced
2-3 Tbs sugar + more sugar for sprinkling

Cut up the watermelon, put it in a Tupperware and empty the bottle of wine. Add the lime juice and sugar to taste. Let this soak in the fridge for at least a few hours or up to a day.

It will be tempting to eat all the watermelon right out of the wine, but resist the urge and drain the watermelon setting aside some for the sangria and toss the rest into a freezer bag with some more sugar and freeze.

For the sangria, just chop up the reserved pieces of watermelon and add to the left over wine and serve. If it’s too sweet, just add a little soda water for a fizzy watermelon sangria.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Ooooh! Very tempting and delicious! Great for a summers day or night.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Ooooh! Very tempting and delicious! Great for a summers day or night.

  • http://canarygirl.com/ canarygirl

    Oh YEAH baby!!!!!! My mom used to drill a hole in a watermelon and invert a fifth of vodka into it. Also good. lol I think I like the sangria idea even better, though. Congrats on winning!! :D

  • http://canarygirl.com canarygirl

    Oh YEAH baby!!!!!! My mom used to drill a hole in a watermelon and invert a fifth of vodka into it. Also good. lol I think I like the sangria idea even better, though. Congrats on winning!! :D

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Congratulations on the win! As I’m not a fan of watermelon (sorry…) I wasn’t too excited when I thought you’d won 10 pounds of watermelons, but little did I know the prize would be so much more awesome!! Yay! Burgers for everyone!

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com manggy

    Congratulations on the win! As I’m not a fan of watermelon (sorry…) I wasn’t too excited when I thought you’d won 10 pounds of watermelons, but little did I know the prize would be so much more awesome!! Yay! Burgers for everyone!

  • http://wanderluck.wordpress.com/ Kate

    Congrats on the win – and the Kobe prize! As soon as I can find a decent melon (sometime this weekend), I’m going to try this. Just the cure for all this heat and humidity. Right after reading this post, I saw this on Food Gawker, which I found ironically amusing.

    What exactly do you do with pickled rind, anyway? (I’m sure you’ll tell all in a later post. ;) )

  • http://wanderluck.wordpress.com Kate

    Congrats on the win – and the Kobe prize! As soon as I can find a decent melon (sometime this weekend), I’m going to try this. Just the cure for all this heat and humidity. Right after reading this post, I saw this on Food Gawker, which I found ironically amusing.

    What exactly do you do with pickled rind, anyway? (I’m sure you’ll tell all in a later post. ;) )

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    What a great win! That is so exciting! And the watermelon sounds divine!

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    What a great win! That is so exciting! And the watermelon sounds divine!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Congrats on winning the kobe beef! It should be really fun using it! I never thought of freezing watermelon but it sounds good.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Congrats on winning the kobe beef! It should be really fun using it! I never thought of freezing watermelon but it sounds good.

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com/ Tartelette

    That has got to be so refreshing on a hot evening! Love it!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    That has got to be so refreshing on a hot evening! Love it!

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    Can’t beat that win. Awesome job!

    This reminds me of a watermelon “drink” we use to do in college. Basically cut a hole in a watermelon pour the nastiest highest proof booze (usually cheap vodka) in the hole. Seal it back up and roll it around for a couple hours. People swear you could not taste the alcohol but I always could then again after one watermelon you did not have the capicity to care.

    I like this idea seems a lot safer and with great flavor.

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    Can’t beat that win. Awesome job!

    This reminds me of a watermelon “drink” we use to do in college. Basically cut a hole in a watermelon pour the nastiest highest proof booze (usually cheap vodka) in the hole. Seal it back up and roll it around for a couple hours. People swear you could not taste the alcohol but I always could then again after one watermelon you did not have the capicity to care.

    I like this idea seems a lot safer and with great flavor.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Congrats on your spoils!

    This looks insanely good but…as it is intensely cold, windy and rainy in my neck of the woods I can’t even contemplate consuming anything cold :) putting this on hold…

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Congrats on your spoils!

    This looks insanely good but…as it is intensely cold, windy and rainy in my neck of the woods I can’t even contemplate consuming anything cold :) putting this on hold…

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    what could be more rewarding than winning electronics (i mean..give me an Apple desktop to match my Macbook, some awesome bass speakers to pair up with my JBL creatures)? winning food! gosh u’re lucky. congrats :) wine-marinated fruit? sounds wicked. and so summery!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    what could be more rewarding than winning electronics (i mean..give me an Apple desktop to match my Macbook, some awesome bass speakers to pair up with my JBL creatures)? winning food! gosh u’re lucky. congrats :) wine-marinated fruit? sounds wicked. and so summery!

  • http://diaryofabakersapprentice.blogspot.com Christine

    wow this sounds so delish (& easy!). We’ve been making sangria with red wine, peaches, sprite, and peach cognac. It’s good, but this sounds way better!

  • http://diaryofabakersapprentice.blogspot.com/ Christine

    wow this sounds so delish (& easy!). We’ve been making sangria with red wine, peaches, sprite, and peach cognac. It’s good, but this sounds way better!

  • Liz Peterson

    wow, its like a fancy version of a wop! sounds delicious!

  • Liz Peterson

    wow, its like a fancy version of a wop! sounds delicious!

  • Plato

    It would be fun to use the frozen watermelon as ice cubes in the sangria or some other such drink

  • Plato

    It is a fun to use the frozen watermelon pieces instead of ice cubes in drinks like sangria & other compatible fruit & alcoholic drinks & cocktails.

  • Linda Stahlberg

    Delicious!  Thanks!

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