We had a BBQ with a ton of people over recently, to have everyone come and see the house, meet Sadie and celebrate my birthday. We love hosting outdoor parties, and have learned that if we don’t want to spend a ton of money on feeding everyone, we make it a potluck! That way everyone brings something, and we’re not slaving over the stove/BBQ etc for hours trying to feed everyone. At this particular party, we had not one, but two people bring us whole watermelons.
We pretty much devoured one of them at the party, but I still had an entire watermelon taking up space in my fridge. Besides that space issue, I knew I couldn’t eat all that melon by myself if I cut it up, because Dave eats no melon. Nothing in the melon family at all! (Neither does my mom… weirdos.) So I needed a recipe to use it up with in a way that wouldn’t go bad right away. Enter… Watermelon Sorbet!
You just need four ingredients: watermelon, sugar, lemon juice and water!
Cook the sugar, water and lemon juice together, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and chill.
Cut up the watermelon into how ever many cups you need. I scaled the recipe to use nine cups of watermelon, which was pretty much one half of the melon. Also don’t be afraid of hacking into the watermelon like I was – because I’m slow on the uptake and thought it would be a lot harder to cut into than it was. WATERmelon = water based fruit/easy to cut into! Derr.
Puree the watermelon in a blender (or food processor, if that’s what you have.) Combine with the chilled syrup.
Freeze in an ice cream maker (about 20 minutes or so).
Pack into an airtight container and store in your freezer. And later – enjoy!
This is such a nice, refreshing summer treat. My family devoured it when I brought it over to their house, and when I want something cool, but I’m not in the mood for ice cream, this hits the spot perfectly.
Full recipe here, and you can scale the number back down if you only have a little watermelon, or bump it up more if you want to use a whole melon.
Number of times I said “watermelon” in this post: 12