Grilled Watermelon Steaks? Yep! It is the newest food craze and I decided to give it a whirl.
Grilled Watermelon Steaks with balsamic reduction and feta cheese are an easy BBQ side dish. Caramelized, juicy watermelon with savory cheese and sticky reduction is delicious!
I’m still not quite sure why they Grilled Watermelon “Steaks”. Grilled Watermelon would have sufficed.
Some folks claim that a juicy slice of hot watermelon is similar to a grilled steak. I think that is a bunch of stink. Nothing will ever replace a nice steak. Nothing.
I WILL say that Grilled Watermelon Steaks are delicious and shouldn’t be discounted. In fact, you should pair your watermelon steak with a real steak!
Using everyday ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, Maldon sea salt, freshly ground pepper, Balsamic Reduction Sauce and a sprinkle of feta make this a side dish winner! Winner, winner, watermelon dinner!
The natural juices juices and sugars of the watermelon caramelize on the grill, leaving it even more sweet than a freshly cut slice. Salt is commonly used on fresh watermelon to enhance flavor, but even further exceienatues the natural flavor when heat is applied.
Balsamic Reduction adds acidity, as does the cheese while also adding salt. A well-balanced side dish that plates beautifully as well! I like to plate mine with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella as well.
Some folks will ask how to grill watermelon. It is really easy! A little bit of oil just to prevent sticking and then place on indirect heat for a few minutes per side.
The goal is to have glorious grill marks and a caramelized outside, but a juicy, cool center. Like a medium rare steak.
Want your Grilled Watermelon Steaks to be a sweet dish? No problem! Slice and grill thick slices of Vanilla Pound Cake and omit the feta cheese. Voila! Dessert is served!
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- mozzarella cheese
- Baste watermelon slices with extra virgin olive oil.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat, cleaning and oiling grates.
- Place watermelon slices on to direct heat, leaving in place to get grill marks and a good caramelization. Grill for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.
Remove from the grill and season with Maldon sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, drizzle with balsamic reduction, crumbled feta cheese and fresh basil.
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