Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with Mint

date08.21.17

These charred watermelon wedges topped with melted cheese, roasted almonds, and fresh mint make the perfect summer entertaining appetizer!

Summer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with Mint

With the neighborhood schools back in session today, I’m reminded that the season is fleeting. Fortunately produce is still on summer break and I’ll be over here with watermelon dripping down my arms for at least another two weeks.

This bright summery charred watermelon cheese wedge appetizer is the fourth dish in my summer menu video series partnership with Roth Cheese. First I made a sunflower seed gouda pesto condiment. Then we ate a breakfast of cheesy savory oatmeal bowls. For lunch there were avocado green goddess sandwiches sandwiches with havarti. And now we’re partying with a watermelon appetizer perfect for your backyard Labor Day barbecues. Scroll to the bottom for the video & recipe!

Watermelon WedgesSummer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with MintSummer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with Mint

Watermelon makes me pine for an outdoor space for summer entertaining. Maybe a vegetable garden and a tree house so I can throw the toddler “ousside” any time she asks (all. day. long.). We’ve got the space, but the weathered giant concrete slab landing strip and foundational remnants of some ancient structure in the middle of the yard has put a wrench in our motivation.

It’s like the one BIG OVERWHELMING thing I don’t even know where to start…so I don’t. Do you know what I’m talking about?

So instead we bought a meyer lemon tree for the backyard to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary – an easy step. Only when went to plant our happy tree, we discovered an additional cement curb buried under 2 inches of dirt running around the perimeter of our yard with a row of hedge stumps lining it.

And the big thing got bigger.

We promptly turned right around and went inside for iced tea and charred watermelon cheese wedges while dreaming about summer entertaining.

Summer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with MintSummer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with Mint

It’s possible you’re over there thinking I’m crazy. When I pitched this recipe idea to my husband, he crinkled his nose, adamant watermelon wasn’t meant for melty cheese. But then he just as quickly changed his tune when the sweet watermelon melted cheese combo hit is mouth. Charring the watermelon under the broiler brings out the sweetness with a deeper flavor than fresh off the rind – a similar effect to grilling watermelon wedges.

Summer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with MintSummer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with MintSummer Appetizer: Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with Mint

Roth’s award-winning Grand Cru is similar in flavor/style to a gruyère. You can use that in a pinch, but I highly recommend seeking out the real stuff. (If you’re in the Bay Area, it’s available on Good Eggs!). It’s robust with fruity caramel notes and nutty undertones, which all pairs beautifully when melted over charred ripe juicy watermelon wedges.

The melted cheese and crunchy roasted almonds are the addicting notes, with olive oil, flakey salt, and pepper bringing the savory side, and fresh mint adding balance with something bright.

This is summer and it feels so good.

Disclosure: Special thanks to Roth Cheese for sponsoring this post! And thanks to you for supporting the companies that keep Snixy Kitchen cooking!

Charred Watermelon Cheese Wedges with Mint
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Yields: 20-30 appetizer wedges
 
Ingredients
  • ½ small watermelon sliced ½-inch thick, and cut into triangular wedges
  • 1 6-ounce wedge of Roth Grand Cru cheese (or if you can’t find it, you can use Roth aged gouda or gruyère) sliced into thin 1-1/2-inch squares
  • ⅓ cup chopped dry roasted almonds
  • 30-40 small mint leaves (or larger leaves, torn into small pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons flakey salt, such as maldon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the broiler to 500°F and place a rack in the top third of the oven, about 8-10 inches away from the broiler.
  2. Place watermelon wedges in a single row on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Top each wedge with a square of cheese.
  4. Place the baking sheet under the broiler just until the cheese melts and gets lightly tinged with golden brown, about 2-5 minutes. Watch carefully and rotate the pan if you notice a hot spot.
  5. With a spatula, transfer the wedges to a serving platter and sprinkle with roasted almonds, place 2-3 mint leaves on each wedge, spoon a ⅛-1/4 teaspoon of olive oil over the top, and toss a pinch of flakey salt to finish.
  6. Serve warm. This appetizer still tastes delicious when it cools off, so don't stress if it doesn't stay warm!

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5 Comments

  1. This looks delicious! Perfect summertime snack.

  2. Cheese on watermelon! Whoda thunk. I have to say these photos are making me drool so it must be a good idea. Have you ever done the salted watermelon thing? I’ve never tried it but have friends who swear by it.
    PS who needs outside entertaining when you have cheesy watermelon??

  3. What a super fun way to enjoy watermelon!!! Love this, totally have to try it :) -CK

  4. Please say it isn’t so. I am not ready to let summer float away until next year. I mean. . .it feels like it just started for Peteys sake. But if it must go. . .might as well celebrate with these delicious little watermelon numbers, right? Such a genius idea.

  5. Sab. says:

    what a wonderfully creative recipe! I would have thought the same as your husband about cheese and watermelon, the char on the watermelon is also an nicely clever twist! Thank you for this recipe!

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