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For The Menu : Tomato, Watermelon & Basil Skewers

If you are a frequent reader of my blog then my love of The Food Network will come as no surprise. And let it be known that this is not a new love affair; this romance has been going on for decades! Well, I was rumaging through my favorite recipes stored in my Food Network recipe box and I stumbled across an oldie but a goodie: tomato, watermelon and basil skewers. Everyone should have this in their recipe arsenal and whip it out for the unexpected party.

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (4 to 5 pound) watermelon, cut into 32 (1 1/2-inch cubes
32 small basil leaves (or torn larger leaves)
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Special equipment: 16 (6-inch) skewers

Combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.

Starting with the watermelon squares, push the watermelon to the very tip of the skewer. Then skewer a basil leaf, then a tomato half. Continue with another watermelon, basil leaf, and tomato half. Place the skewer on a serving platter so it stands upright, using the lowest watermelon square as a base. Continue with the remaining skewers.

Drizzle the skewers with the reserved balsamic syrup and the olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and serve!

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