Talk about an eye-catching centerpiece and tasty side dish — a watermelon that looks like a hedgehog
Want a showstopper for this weekend’s Memorial Day festivities? Look no further. Carve a watermelon to resemble a hedgehog.
Talk about an eye-catching centerpiece and tasty side dish. Not only is the fruit delicious and the serving method convenient, but the critter is downright adorable.
1 medium to large round seedless watermelon
Large kitchen and paring knives
Green dry-erase marker
Large bowl and spoon
Wash watermelon and pat dry. Place melon on side, cut off the light yellow ground spot on the bottom so that it sits flat. Be careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind — this would allow liquid to leak. Place the watermelon so that its stem is the critter’s nose.
Find a point at the top of the watermelon about one-fourth of the length of the watermelon. Using the dry-erase marker, from that point, draw vertical lines halfway down both sides of the watermelon. Then, from both points on the sides, draw horizontal lines straight to the back of the watermelon. If you are happy with your proportion, use your knife and cut the lines. Remove this whole portion and place to the side.
Using a large spoon, scoop out the fruit from the removed section and from the base. Chop this fruit into cubes, drain and set aside.
Use a small paring knife to make many small cuts to the edges of the head and body, as shown in photo. These cuts should be short, small, irregular, angled, curved and almost resemble flames from a fire, or in this case, the hedgehog’s coarse coat.
Take removed rind and cut a 1 3/4-inch strip from the flat end. You now have a slightly rounded strip. Cut a triangle from the center of the strip to make the nose. To attach the nose, place toothpicks just above the stem spot to both side, and slide the base of the nose over the other end of the toothpicks, rind end down. You may need to secure with an additional toothpick. Put one in the tip of the nose and place a blueberry on the end.
Using the rest of the removed rind, cut 4 equal-sized rectangles for the feet. Trim the backs of the rectangles thinner than the front, and then make two cuts on the front of each piece to create a point making the shape of a paw. Attach with toothpicks, rind end down, to the bottom edges of the hedgehog as shown.
To make the ears, draw two curved triangles that come to a point into the edges of the face area where desired. Carefully cut with the paring knife. Using your finger, gently push out the cut shape from the inside until it’s only slightly protruding, being careful not to crack or break the rind.
For the eyes, place 2 toothpicks slightly above the nose and put a blueberry on each end.
Finally, replace the hollow space of the hedgehog with the watermelon cubes. Place toothpicks in the cubes at the top to create the hedgehog’s coat.
National Watermelon Promotion Board
- Read directions before you start.
- Drain the cut watermelon and other fruit before placing it in the carving.
- When removing excess flesh try to leave it in big pieces to make it easier for making melon balls or cubes.
- Use a green dry erase marker and wipe off excess marker after making cuts.