6 Clever Reasons You Should Break Out That Melon Baller
A melon baller is the sort of tool everyone has stuffed in a drawer, but we bet you rarely reach for it. Next time you find yourself stuck in a recipe rut, dig it out — and try one of these unique ways to use it.
Serve a Boozy Treat
Scooped melon bites already look adorable served in individual glasses, but then Jessica Merchant (the blogger behind How Sweet Eats) makes them even more irresistible: She douses them in a bright mixture of lime juice, honey, mint and rum.
Try it: Boozy Minted Melon Balls (above)
For the perfect cupcake-to-filling ratio, use a melon baller to scoop out a space for some extra frosting, peanut butter or fruit.
Try It: 7 Fun, Filled Cupcakes
Scoop Out Veggies for a New Take on Crudites
Giada De Laurentiis turns a cucumber into a new vehicle for enjoying hummus — no dipping required.
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HOW TO BAKE APPLES Food Network Kitchens Apples, Butter, Lemon, Vanilla Bean, Ginger, Spices, Star Anise, Cinnamon Stick, Nutmeg, Pecans, Cranberries, Apricots, Cherries, Prunes, Brown Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, Jam, Apple Cider or Juice, Rum, White Wine, Port
A melon baller can help you core an apple without piercing through the bottom. Fill the opening with dried fruit, a sweetener like honey or maple syrup, or even lemon zest or wine for a warm, crustless dessert.
Try it: How to Bake Apples
Scoop the flesh out of a cherry tomato and fill it with pesto for a bite-sized snack inspired by caprese salad.
Try it: Cherry Tomato Pesto Pops
Build an Impressive Party Centerpiece
Make spheres out of a multicolor assortment of fruit and then serve them on skewers for a party. Standing in a watermelon end, they make a fresh treat that doubles as a table centerpiece.