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Melon with Thyme and Parmesan

In my household, hardly anyone likes melon. It doesn’t matter if it is watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew or some other kind of melon, they just don’t like it. I, for the life of me, don’t get it. Certainly I can understand why people say they don’t like honey dew because you so often get served the hard, tasteless, unripen version. But good, cold, ripe, sweet, and juicy melon is delicious!

This is an elegant way to serve it and make it taste even better. There is something about the nutty parmesan cheese that makes this a dish you’ll go back to for seconds and thirds!

Level of Difficulty:Easy (only thing ‘hard’ is getting a ripe melon)

Time Required:Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 1 hour

Ingredients for about 6 servings:

1/2 honey dew, canary or cantaloupe melon

Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 T fresh thyme leaves (lemon thyme if you have it)

Fresh cracked black pepper

4 oz Parmigiano Regianno Cheese

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Vegetable Peeler

How to make melon with thyme and parmesan:

Pick a good, ripe melon. Wash your melon. Slice it in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Remove the peel. The links here will provide more detail on picking, washing and peeling a melon if you need it.

Slice the melon thinly into about 3 inch strips. The thinner the better really. I’ve had versions of this at a restaurant where they called this a melon carpaccio.

Place on a  platter.

Drizzle lightly with the olive oil. Crack some fresh pepper on top. Add your fresh thyme leaves.

Using your vegetable peeler, shave thin but long strips of the parmesan and add on top.

Oh my is this a fresh summer treat!!

melon with thyme and parmesan

Important Tips:

Get a fresh melon and serve cold.

Use the real deal for the parmesan. Powdered or already shredded is not going to cut it for this dish!

Variations:

Change out the melon variety or dry small amount of rosemary instead of the thyme.

My kids absolutely love melon. This is something they would eat for sure!! ~Denise

How to choose a good melon

Do you ever see people in the grocery store who are holding a melon, inspecting it, closing their eyes and taking a big whiff and wondering what in the world they are doing? Well, they are actually trying to see if the melon is worth buying. There are three key things to look for when buying a melon:

1) Smell – If it smells sweet, it is sweet and ready to eat. If you can’t smell anything, then it still needs a few more days to ripen.

2) Hardness –  When you push on the melon, it should give a little bit. Not a lot, but a bit. If it feels very firm, it’s not ready to eat.

3) The skin – If the skin looks like it has some soft or old spots, don’t buy it.

So remember, if it smells good, feels good and looks good…it IS good! Buy it!

For tips on how to cut your melon, click here. It is a complete waste of money to have someone else cut your melon for you.

How to choose the perfect melon

 

 

How to Cut a Melon

Kitchen TipsA lot of people will cut a melon by slicing it in half, scooping out the inside, slicing each half into wedges and then taking the rind off. Here’s an easier way that is much less time consuming.

Take the melon and slice off a bit of each end so it can stand up.

How to cut a melon

Next, starting at the top, cut away the rind in strips. Do this until all of the rind is removed.

How to cut melon

Now you are ready to slice the melon in half, scoop out the insides and slice into rind-free wedges! See…I told you it was easy!

How to cut a melon

Check out our post on washing melons too.

Really? Isn’t it funny how much you just go with the way you first learned. I guess I’ll have to try this next time. Thanks for teaching me a thing or too. – Melissa

Do you need to wash your melons?

cutting a melon

Well, isn’t that an interesting question? You may be thinking that you are not going to eat the rind so why do you need to waste the time washing the exterior of a melon?

But, think about it for just a second. Melons and squashes grow on a vine on the ground. That means dirt, manure, fertilizer, etc. Then they are picked and moved around by hand from the field to the time you get it home. It’d be nice to think that everyone and everything it came into contact with was clean, but they are not.

Then you take that melon or squash, place it on your cutting board and cut through it. If the exterior has not been washed then whatever is on the outside travels straight through to the center. Yuck!

So, note to self, wash your melons!