Superstar Chef Alton Brown Farm-To-Table Grilled Watermelon Salad

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Kelly & Michael: Alton Brown

Superstar chef Alton Brown came by to cook with Kelly & Michael as a part of Live! With Kelly & Michael’s Superstar Chefs Farm-To-Table Challenge. His farm-to-table ingredient was watermelon. He’s a bestselling author, and Kelly loves his books. He’s also a host, mentor, and judge and can be seen on the Food Network basically every day.

Kelly & Michael: Alton Brown Grilled Watermelon Recipes

Superstar Chef Alton Brown Farm-To-Table Grilled Watermelon Salad

Chef Alton Brown came by and made a grilled watermelon salad with Kelly & Michael for the Superstar Chefs Farm-To-Table Challenge. (Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock.com)

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Brown’s a watermelon fanatic, so this worked out perfectly for him. He said that most people who eat watermelon like it when it’s really cold because it’s 92% water, so it’s really refreshing. Brown likes to cook it though, and he cooks it a lot. He likes to grill it. He said you grill steaks and take them off the grill, but there’s still a lot of heat there. Rather than just watching it, he grills watermelon.

He made a grilled watermelon salad. Kelly & Michael asked how to get the watermelon so dry because most people don’t know to get rid of the excess moisture. Brown also talked about how great watermelon gets along with salt and herbs. Instead of putting on salt, they put salty ingredients on it and built a salad. Onions also go very well with watermelon.

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Brown kept telling them to use their hands while they were cooking. Kelly also talked about how she has incredible knife skills and how bossy Brown was. He talked about how he likes to squeeze things in a Panini press to see what happens. Kelly talked about how he’s like a chemist. The whole dish took them two minutes.

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They tried the dish. Brown also made a Watermelon Campari Sorbet. Campari is a bitter liquor. He also made a spicy Pickled Watermelon Rind with bacon. It was all very good. I’ve never actually had grilled watermelon before, but everyone says it’s great, so I think I’ll try this one. Don’t forget to take the food selfie because he really wants to win. Food Network Star season 10 airs on Sundays on the Food Network.

Alton Brown: Kelly & Michael Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 medium Watermelon, cut into large squares
  • 2 medium Shallot
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Tbs Sherry Vinegar
  • 4 oz. each Feta Cheese and Cured Black Olives (like Kalamata)
  • ½ cup fresh Mint Leaves
  • Black Pepper & Kosher Salt to taste

Kelly & Michael: Alton Brown Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe Directions

  1. Line up watermelon with paper towels to get rid of the surface moisture
  2. Brush some oil onto the watermelon, so treat it like a steak or a fish
  3. Grill for ten to 11 minutes
  4. Mix shallot and oil
  5. Crumble feta cheese on the watermelon
  6. Grill shallots for three minutes, or you can use a Panini press.
  7. Cut olives
  8. Pick small mint leaves and put them on top of the watermelon and feta
  9. Put the olives on top
  10. Put the shallots on top

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