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Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits of the summer, a celebration of swimming in the ocean, camping in the woods, long days, baseball games, freedom. It’s a product of weather that encourages its kin to bask in its glory, a counterpoint to its colder conspiring evil twin of winter. It seems almost gluttonous to want anything more from a watermelon than what it delivers and yet I found myself inventing new ways to celebrate this wonderful sweet. With a hankering for heat and a handful of fresh herbs I opted for a variation on a theme that I found on Rakhee’s lovely blog. I eliminated some of the spices to fit my preferences, but you can really do whatever you like with these. A touch of cayenne pepper, fresh mint, and salty cheese combines with the watermelon’s natural sugar, which caramelizes in the hot oven to enhance everything I love about the fruit au natural.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 420°F.  Cut the watermelon into wedges and place on a tray. Chop the mint leaves roughly and along with the sliced feta, arrange ingredients on the slices. Sprinkle the cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and olive oil. Pop in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

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