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)

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Fill Cupcakes

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.

Try it: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus in Cucumber Cups

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

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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

Bake Apples

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

Stuff Tomatoes

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.

Try it: Watermelon Tray, from Food Network Magazine

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