Summer Melons in Sweet, Spiced Wine

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 8/29/2009

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This recipe would also work well with assorted fresh berries. A dry, sparkling wine like Champagne can be substituted for the sweet wine.

  • Servings: Serves 6
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: More than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Dessert

Ingredients

1 orange
1 1/2 c. sweet or dessert wine such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat or Sauternes
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2-in. piece fresh ginger root, sliced
5 lbs. assorted melon (such as cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon)
6 sprigs fresh mint

Directions

Peel the orange with a vegetable peeler making sure that you leave all the white behind on the orange. Juice the orange and put the juice in a medium saucepan.
 
Place the orange peel, wine, honey, vanilla bean and ginger root in the saucepan with the juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Remove the peel, bean and ginger and discard. Let the liquid cool for 1/2 hour.
In the meantime, use a melon baller and shape melon balls and place them in a large glass bowl. Pour the wine syrup over the melon balls and chill for at least 1 hour.
 
Serve in small bowls. Garnish with fresh mint.