Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fruit Bouquet

Every year my family has a cookout on the 4th of July. It is a covered dish type of thing and each year, along with potato salad, I like to made something fun and different. Last year it was bruchetta. The year before that it was a muffuletta.

This year I was inspired by a fruit bouquet I saw from Edible Arrangements.

I thought that since all it really is, is cut fruit, I could make my own version. I don't think it turned out that bad.


1 whole pineapple, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 whole cantaloupe, peeled and cut into 24 thin wedges
1 whole honeydew, peeled and cut into 24 thin wedges plus 1/4 whole melon
1/2 lb grapes
1/2 pint of blueberries
1 pint of strawberries
1/2 half watermelon, hallowed, for garnish
Wooden skewers


Wash and cut the pineapple, cantaloupe and hoenydew. Wash and trim the green tops off the strawberries. Wash the blueberries and grapes. Place a wooden skewer into each piece of fruit, leaving about 2 inches of room at the bottom of the skewer.
When all the fruit is skewered, use the sharp end of a skewer and poke holes into the hallowed watermelon. Insert the fruit into the watermelon, in any pattern. I tried to leave enough room so that people could just grab the wooden skewer and not have to touch the fruit.

To make the pineapple "flowers":

Using a small round cookie cutter, cut several pineapple slices into small round shapes. Use a melon baller and make several balls out of the honeydew or cantaloupe. Skewer the pineapple first and then top it with the melon ball.


Amanda said...

oh wow! I'm totally impressed :) I usually just suck it up and pay edible arrangements a small fortune. There's one around the corner from me & they are the perfect thing to take as a host gift or a dinner party.

annie said...

You are totally awesome. I can't wait to see the rest of your recipes!

And yay for your new blog!! :)