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Melon baller

Melon Baller With the right tools, hollowing
out vegetables is a breeze.

Whether it features one or two bowl cutters, rounded or scalloped, a melon baller can be used to hollow out melons, citrus fruits, zucchini, and even baked potatoes to form decorative bowls for fillings and stuffings. The melon baller is also noted for making attractive bite-size shapes of melon that can be used in salads and compotes. For an hors doeuvre or salad topper, core poached apples or pears with a melon baller, then stuff the fruits with nuts and softened blue cheese. Chill the fruit, and cut into wedges.

Simply Elegant Basil Butter

Basil Butter Serve the shaped butter on small
individual plates at each setting.

A melon baller with a scalloped bowl forms decorative shapes of herb butter to serve at holiday meals. Stir together 1/2 cup butter, softened, and 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour so the mixture is nice and firm when you make the decorative shapes.

Stuffing With Flair

Stuffing Flair Use this technique with various
squash for a more colorful effect.

Cut a lengthwise slice from a zucchini; discard slice. Using a melon baller, scoop pulp out of zucchini; discard pulp. Spoon your favorite stuffing mixture into the shell, and bake at 350 degrees F till heated through.

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