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Watermelon Baby Carriage

 Watermelon Baby Carriage
This fruit-filled carriage was made for my daughter's baby shower and was a huge hit. Fill it with any fruit you fancy and serve purchased poppy seed dressing alongside if you desire. —Angie Schaff, St. Anthony, North Dakota
20-24 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 5 toothpicks
  • 4 orange slices
  • 4 lime slices
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, divided
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, cut into balls or
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • Poppy seed salad dressing

Directions

  • With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from bottom of melon it sits
  • flat. Lightly score a horizontal line halfway up sides and around
  • the melon, leaving 5 in. from one end unmarked on each side for baby
  • carriage hood.
  • For hood, make another line around top of watermelon, connecting both
  • sides of the horizontal line. Using the rounded edge of a biscuit
  • cutter as a guide, mark a scalloped edge along all straight lines.
  • With a long sharp knife, cut into melon along the scalloped lines,
  • making sure to cut all the way through the melon rind. Gently pull
  • off rind. Remove fruit from melon and removed section; cut fruit
  • into balls or cubes and set aside.
  • For the U-shaped handle, cut out a 5-in. square from the removed
  • section of rind. Cut out the center and one end, leaving a

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Watermelon Baby Carriage (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 1-in.-wide handle. Break one toothpick in half. Attach handle to
  • watermelon with toothpick halves.
  • For wheels, position orange slices at base of watermelon and attach
  • with toothpicks. To each orange slice with a lime slice and a red
  • grape.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, green grapes, strawberries,
  • remaining red grapes and reserved watermelon. Spoon into baby
  • carriage. Serve with poppy seed salad dressing. Yield: 20-24
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 91 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.