Frosty Melon – A Guest Mid-Century Recipe Test

Posted on Sep 28 2011 - 6:04am by RetroRuth

 

Ruth says: This week we have a fun post from Yinzerella over at Dinner is Served! She made the freaky and amazing Frosty Melon that was featured here just a little while ago. I have to admit, I am jealous. It isn’t every day that one gets to eat Jell-O from a cantaloupe! And this is only part of her hilarious post, so if you want to read more about Barbecued Chuck roast and watching all nine seasons of the X-Files, make sure you head over to her blog and check it out! Thanks, Yinzerella!

What is Frosty Melon, you ask? Well, it is a gift from the Jell-O gods. Specifically, the brilliant, benevolent, other worldly, test-kitchen-bound beings who gave us the treasure trove that is 1962’s The Joys of Jello.

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It is a mysterious little marvel–a melon with SURPRISE! Jell-O inside. The Frosty Melon is like a question wrapped in a riddle folded into an enigma. How did that Jell-O get into that melon? What the hell is that white stuff? Let me assure you that The Truth is Out There.

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First, I made the lime Jell-O, let it set until it was thick.

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And there it is in the fridge, looking quite UFO-like, no?

While the Jell-O was chilling out I tackled the difficult part of the Frosty Melon–the melon. How the hell was I going to peel the cantaloupe while keeping it whole? How was the Jell-O going to get from my fridge into that melon? Here’s how:

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I started with a fish knife (is that what it’s called?) and bit by bit cut off the rind in a spiral pattern.

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The melon was ripe, so skin removal was easier than I thought.

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Using a vegetable peeler, I smoothed out the rough edges and removed the remaining green stuff.

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I cut off the top of the melon and scooped out the insides

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The melon, once drained was filled with Jell-O and fruit cocktail

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Toothpicks were used to secure the top of the melon

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A small slice was cut off the bottom of the melon so it could stand straight and then frosted with whipped cream cheese.

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What? What is that stuff?

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FROSTY MELON!

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Its insides are green like the noxious blood that oozes out of the alien bounty hunters–am I right?

So there you have it. Frosty Melon.

The Verdict:  This was good. Like, really good. Cleve said that it could have used a bit of confectioner’s sugar in the cream cheese, and that might work, but it was really sweet as is. And like I said, good. What’s not to like, really?

– Cantaloupe? Good.

– Jell-O? Good.

– Fruit Cocktail? Good.

– Cream Cheese? Good!

So hell yeah, Frosty Melon!!!

Frosty Melon
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Serves: 4-6
 
"For a spectacular flavor combination, try lime gelatin in a cantaloupe, or a red gelatin in a honeydew melon."
Ingredients
  • 1 package (3 oz.) Jell-O Gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup cold water or drained fruit syrup
  • 1 medium cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • 1 cup drained fruit
  • 2 or 3 packages (3 oz) cream cheese
  • 2 T milk
Instructions
  1. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water. Chill until very thick.
  2. Meanwhile, peel melon, leaving it whole. Cut a slice from one end, scoop out seeds and let drain well.
  3. Then place melon upright in a bowl. Fold fruit into thick gelatin, spoon into melon. Replace cut slice and secure with toothpicks. Chill. (Pour any remaining gelatin into a small bowl, chill, and serve at another meal.)
  4. Before serving melon, blend cream cheese and milk until smooth and fluffy. Cut a thin slice from one side of the melon for a firm base; place on a plate. Spread cheese over melon.
  5. Slice to serve.

 

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Natalie @ Chadwell Chronicles September 28, 2011 at 9:07 am - Reply

    You pretty much quoted one of my favorite friends episodes. Can you guess which one it is? 😉

    “I mean, what’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!”

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