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Artie The Airplane Recipe

Artie The Airplane Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:1 servings


  • 1 large symmetrical watermelon (12 to 14 pounds)
  • Bamboo skewers and one round wooden toothpick
  • 1 red grape
  • 1 medium unpeeled kiwi


  • 1. 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.

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belly12 User ID: 5643745 17812
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012


KScales User ID: 3262967 52347
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"The Nutrition Facts will be removed from this recipe when it is updated since this is really more of a serving bowl, than an actual recipe to be eaten. While watermelon flesh is fat-free, the seeds aren't. The original calculation was based on 1 person eating the whole watermelon - seeds and all! We apologize for the confusion and it will be corrected soon.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

constancegt User ID: 5890600 22343
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"I would like to know how in the world this has 1,446 calories and 19 grams of fat ---- it's all fruit.......???"

Moncherie1105 User ID: 4932212 52341
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"It was a hit with my grandson. The link took me right to the diagram. It is a PDF file and will probably not open without Adobe. I had no problem getting it. Thanks!"

levi2008 User ID: 4062804 17810
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"I have received this recipe two times and the figures are never with the pictures telling you how to cut the pictures into the shapes you need."

levi2008 User ID: 4062804 48088
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2009

"I could not get into the other site you posted."

hgergen User ID: 3430233 52340
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2009

"Here is a link to the carving template/diagram. Enjoy!"

nvokies User ID: 1788188 17806
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009

"The recipe refers to Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. but no diagrams appear."

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