Break the Mold: Gelatin Watermelon

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Each month, Food Network Kitchens chefs put more than 100 recipes to the test for Food Network Magazine. Dreaming up gelatin desserts for the July/August issue proved no easy feat: We wanted the bites to be fresh and elegant, yet whimsical and maybe a tiny bit kitschy (a concept we jokingly referred to as “jell-egance”).

The gelatin squares on page 90 of the July/August issue have a sleek modernist edge, but they originally started as a kid-friendly trompe l’oeil dessert (pictured above). We used the rind of a sugar baby and mini chocolate chips to give them their fun watermelon look.

Re-create it at home by pouring and setting the watermelon gelatin mixture in the hollowed-out half of a sugar baby watermelon. Make sure it’s completely set before cutting it, then apply the chocolate chips just before serving so they don’t turn to mush.

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Food Stylist: Brett Kurzweil

Photo by: Jonathan Kantor Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Jonathan Kantor Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

For a sleeker version, try the end result: Watermelon-Lime Gelatin Squares (pictured right).

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