Watermelon Beetle Convertible
Forget going out to eat or ordering takeout every time you crave Mexican food. Try making Watermelon Beetle Convertible at home. This side dish has 83 calories, 2g of protein, and 0g of fat per serving. This recipe serves 8. This recipe from Taste of Home requires strawberry, grape, grapes, and watermelon. It is perfect for Summer. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 1 hour. It is a good option if you're following a gluten free and dairy free diet. Beetle Juice, Watermelon Frosé – Frozen Watermelon and Rosé Wine, and How to Make Watermelon Cupcakes With Real Watermelon are very similar to this recipe.
With a long sharp knife, cut a thin slice from watermelon so melon lies flat. Using a small sharp knife, lightly score a horizontal cutting line around middle of the melon, leaving 3 in. on each side of stem end unscored for the windshield. Next, score a vertical line over top of melon, connecting both ends of the horizontal line.
Using the long knife, cut through melon along the vertical cutting line. (Stop cutting at the horizontal cutting line.) Then, cut through melon along the horizontal cutting line. Gently pull away top portion of car.
Cut a thin slice from the end of the top portion for the convertible top. Trim slice to fit on tail end of car; set aside.
Remove fruit from both portions of melon; cut into balls or cubes and set aside. Attach convertible top with toothpicks.
For side mirrors, cut a 1-1/4-in. notch from each lower corner of windshield.
Place a strawberry half in each notch; attach with toothpicks. For windshield, using a sharp razor blade or small knife, score a 3/4-in. frame around perimeter of windshield. Carefully remove watermelon rind within frame of windshield.
For wheels, attach two lime slices with toothpicks to each side of melon.
Cut the remaining lime slice in half. Using a toothpick, place one portion centered below windshield for a mouth.
For eyebrows, remove fruit from the remaining half slice; cut peel into two pieces. For eyes, cut ends from red grape. Using toothpicks, add grapes to the marshmallow halves and position on windshield; attach eyebrows. If desired, add a mandarin orange smile.
In a large bowl, combine the green grapes and remaining mandarin oranges with reserved watermelon. Spoon into car.
Recommended wine: Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sparkling Rose
Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sparkling rosé are great choices for Mexican. Acidic white wines like riesling or low-tannin reds like pinot noir can work well with Mexican dishes. Sparkling rosé is a safe pairing too. One wine you could try is Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir. It has 4.4 out of 5 stars and a bottle costs about 24 dollars.
Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot NoirThis Unbridled Pinot Noir has generous cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas withsubtle savory notes. It's full-bodied with ripe fruit flavors and supple tannins, making ita good match for wine-braised beef short ribs, grilled Portobello mushrooms, or roastpork loin with a raspberry balsamic glaze. It is delicious now, and should mature nicelyover the next five years.