Grilled Summer Kiss Melon Fries with Yogurt Chipotle-Agave Dip


I love adding the smoky, char flavor of the grill to sweet foods.  It's a perfect combination.  


In the summer months, we see grilled stone fruits, grilled mango, and even grilled avocado on menus all the time.  So of course, I had to grill a Summer Kiss Melon.  And it turned out to be delicious!


And what's better than a slice of sweet, smoky melon?  A slice os sweet, smoky melon dipped into a cool, spicy dip, that's what. And it makes for a lovely, unique summer appetizer.


Grilled Summer Kiss Melon Fries with Yogurt Chipotle-Agave Dip Recipe:


Serves 6


For the dip:

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

2 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

2 teaspoons agave nectar

For the melon:

About 2/3 of a whole Summer Kiss melon 

1-1/2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Freshly ground black pepper


For the dip:

1.  In a small bowl, combine the yogurt with the chipotles and agave.  Mix until smooth, and set aside.


For the melon:

2.  Line a baking sheet with 2 layers of paper towels.  Cut the melon into slices 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick and 3 to 4-inches long, placing them on the towel-lined baking sheet as you go.  Then lay two paper towels on top -- gently press on the towel to absorb any excess moisture.  


3.  Preheat a stove-top or outdoor grill.  


3.  Add the melon slices to a large mixing bowl, very carefully, toss them with the oil, and crack a generous amount of black pepper 


4.  Once the grill is very hot, place as many melon slices as you can, leaving a couple of ones between them.   If you don't hear a sizzling sound, it's not hot enough. Wait until you hear the sizzle! 


5.  Remove the melon slices when the bottom surface is nicely marked from the grill, about 1 minute.  Do not grill the other side -- if you do, they will become too soft. (It depends on the size of your grill as to how many times you'll have to add more melon.) 


6.  Serve the melon "fries" as soon as they are grilled, with the yogurt chipotle-agave dip. 


Recipe Note:


You can also grill large slices of melon and serve it as a side dish. 

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