Love a Great BBQ. For us, that starts the Watermelon season too! Last year I made a Watermelon Pie that was the Hit of the Season. Give it a try, it will MAKE your BBQ!
2 Cups Crushed Graham Crackers
1/2 stick Butter (melted)
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
3 cups Heavy cream
3 tbsp Conf Sugar
1 (0.6oz) pkg Watermelon Jello (can sub Knox unflavored gelatin)
3 cups Watermelon diced & pureed
2 cups Watermelon balls or cubes
Chocolate Shavings (optional)
In a medium sauce pan bring watermelon puree "water" to a boil.
Add gelatin. Stir to combine until gelatin has dissolved.
Lower heat to low, steep 15 mins.
Remove from heat, cool.
Refrigerate for 1 hour until reaches "syrup" consistency.
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine Graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and gran. sugar.
Pat mixture into bottom and upsides of a 9 in pie plate.
Bake at 350° for 20 mins until firm.
Remove from oven, cool 10 mins.
Refrigerate 35-45 mins.
In Large mixing bowl combine whipping cream and conf. sugar.
Beat mixture to stiff peaks.
Push mixture to side of bowl.
Pour 1 cup of watermelon syrup to empty side of bowl.
Fold whipped cream into syrup.
Slowly and carefully folding so not to break cream.
Taste. (if watermelon flavor is prominent, stop...If weak add more syrup)
Once Cream is complete, fold in watermelon balls or cubes.
Remove crust from refrigerator.
Pour 2 -3 tbsp syrup into bottom of crust.
Swirl syrup throughout crust coating it with watermelon goodness!
Pour filling into pie crust.
Freeze for 1 hour minimum, then move to refrigerator.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Garnish with whipped cream, diced watermelon and chocolate shavings if desired.
**Note: This recipe also makes a fantastic Parfait! Just alternate layers of graham cracker crumbs, filling and diced watermelon in parfait dishes and top with whipped cream! Yummmm! Also, the watermelon "syrup" is fantastic over vanilla ice cream! Keep it in the fridge all summer for a fresh alternative to heavy sundae choices!
Use a Chocolate Crust then dot filling with chocolate shavings. Add whipped cream to top of filling and sprinkle top with chocolate shavings! Wow!
Substitute different fruits...Mango, Peaches, Strawberries etc...just change the jello flavor or use the knox unflavored gelatin and go for it! Awesome!
Just have fun and Enjoy!!! Welcome Summer!!!