Watermelon chili sliders

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Author Notes: Adapting a watermelon appetizer idea, I have added fresh hot serrano pepper with a white balsamic vinegar. I first tried these out with my pickled peppers, but in the end decided that I prefer the fresh peppers.Sagegreen

Makes 24

  • chilled seedless watermelon cut into 24 bitesize cubes, each roughly around an inch and a half
  • squeeze of 1 fresh lime
  • drizzle of premium extra virgin olive oil (I used Nudo's stone ground with basil)
  • @ 3 tablespoons white or golden balsamic vinegar ( or your favorite shrub, if you prefer)
  • 3 serrano (or jalapeno peppers), cut into 24 small pieces
  • generous pinch of Aleppo pepper
  • generous pinch of artisan coarse salt such as Bolivian rose, black Hawaiian, or Maldon
  1. Line up the cut and chilled inch and a half watermelon cubes. Spritz these first with lime juice and then drizzle with the olive oil. To cut the chili peppers, you might want to quarter slice each one lengthwise first and then half each quarter. Wipe away the seeds. Trim up the pieces if you like.
  2. Next using a teaspoon carve out a narrow elliptical cavity almost half an inch deep from the top of each one, on the bias. I create the half the cavity with the spoon with its concave side facing the center of the cube and then go in opposite (see photos). Fill the cavities with the vinegar.
  3. Transfer to a serving platter. Stick one toothpick into each slice of chili pepper. Insert one in each watermelon cube. Finish with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper and artisan salt just before serving.
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over 1 year ago Louise B

Can I make these a day ahead... Also I thought I would add a piece of prociutto on top.

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about 3 years ago HCR

ooh i would LOVE one of those RIGHT now.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, h.c.r!

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about 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Yu-um.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, SoE!

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about 3 years ago omarston

Wow! Your creativity is amazing!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks,om!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So glad to see these beautiful little bits of deliciousness again! You are right, so nice to see a healthy addition,

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, s. I love making and eating these!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, welcome back to these beauties!

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

A sight for sore eyes!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, guys. I think these would be a healthy addition to the fair.

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about 3 years ago Jestei

ohhhhhhh this looks exciting

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, Jestei. They are pretty easy and healthy....and disappear pretty fast!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Oops, I accidentally erased the line to wipe out the seeds of the chili peppers after cutting them in one of my edits. So please don't include the seeds!

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over 3 years ago wssmom

What a fabulous combination (and a great foto, too)!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, wssmom. Your frittata sounds wonderful, too!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

You know, I betcha these would be good, too, with tequila in place of the balsamic, for an interesting twist!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

You know they would! I first had watermelon cubes which were scooped out with a melon baller and then filled with little vodka shots.

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over 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Wow -- what an inventive idea. Love the combination of flavors that you have created here: watermelon, chili, and vinegar. Sounds like the perfect antidote for a hot summer day. And your photos are stunning -- these look too pretty to eat!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, civ. You can make these whatever size you consider to be the perfect bite; their looks and size make them really easy to eat, trust me!

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over 3 years ago lakelurelady

So simple, but yet so complex. Love it.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you so much for that observation, lll.

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I am TOTALLY making these!!!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, ChezSuzanne. Let me know what you think if you try these.

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over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I've been pondering what to serve as an appetizer tomorrow evening and then saw your watermelon sliders...so perfect for a warm summer night!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

If you serve them, please let me know what you think! Thanks, BKR.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This sounds awesome, and perfect for a hot & humid day. I bet it would be good with some drinking vinegar (aka shrub) in place of the balsamic.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, hla. What a great suggestion!

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over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

that is beautiful! did you use the black hawaiian salt?

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, lori. Yes, I just got both black Hawaiian and Bolivian rose salts from cubemarketplace! They are so good, too!

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over 3 years ago melissaleithwood

Hi there, what plugin do you use to get your print, email, share, etc tab below the picture?

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over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

it will automatically appear--you don't have to do anything.

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over 3 years ago checker

Pretty!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, checker.

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over 3 years ago Hilarybee

This would be so beautiful dunked in a martini (sans the balsamic).

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Hilarybee. I had thought of that, sans oil, too!

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

wont work for me.. they look too cute to gobble up.. oh well I'll just shut my eyes then!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Aw, go on and gobble!

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over 3 years ago lapadia

A terrific idea, Sagegreen...and I will take mine with a Vodka on the rocks chaser!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

LOL, lapadia! After cocktail week I am switching over to salads myself! But I am sure these would be great with vodka or gin in the little cavity.

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over 3 years ago lapadia

:) The sunshine and warmer weather is just starting to show up around the PacNW, this seems a great way to celebrate it, oh, and with a great BBQ, of course :)