Need a centerpiece at your next summer get-together? Try this wonderful watermelon! It is so easy and will amaze your guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 large symmetrical watermelon (12 to 14 pounds)
- Bamboo skewers and one round wooden toothpick
- 1 red grape
- 1 medium unpeeled kiwi
- If necessary, cut a thin slice from bottom of watermelon so it sits level. Using a sharp paring knife, trace outlines of tail pieces, propeller and wings on the melon as shown in Fig. 1. Referring to Fig. 2, cut and carefully remove sections A, B and C. Remove fruit from sections, leaving 1/8 in. of fruit on the rind; set fruit aside. Set sections B and C aside for back wings. From section A, cut propeller, two side wings and two tail pieces; set aside. Carefully remove fruit from the melon to form a shell. Cut all fruit into cubes or balls. Set aside. Trim wings and tail pieces to fit smoothly against the melon. Attach wings and tail with skewers (fig. 3); trim skewers if necessary. Attach propeller with a toothpick; insert grape on end of toothpick. Place one halved kiwifruit next to airplane on either side for wheels as shown in photo. Fill with reserved watermelon cubes, a salad or dessert. Yield: 1 watermelon airplane.
Originally published as Artie The Airplane in Country Woman July/August 1998, p41
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