Sunday, June 29, 2014

Watermelon Jell-O® Shots

My husband and I love to entertain friends at our home. Tonight, we're having our friends, Kevin and Melissa, and their children over for dinner. Kevin and Enzo used to work together at Red Top Mountain State Park. We've been friends for many years - we even share the same wedding anniverary! Last year (on our anniversary) I saw that Melissa had posted on facebook that it was THEIR anniversary, so I quickly chatted her on facebook and we ended up celebrating our anniversaries together with dinner at Olive Garden. Just imagine - we just figured that out after all these years!

Anyway, tonight we're serving World's Best Lasagna, Grecian Pork Tenderloin, Oven Roasted Potatoes, a Tossed Salad with copycat Olive Garden Dressing and Banana Cake IV with Nutella Buttercream! It's my first time making John Chandler's World's Best Lasagna recipe (one of the most popular recipes on Allrecipes, with 8,307 reviews). It must be good, right? Let's hope so.

While I was making the marinade for the Grecian Pork Tenderloin, I finished juicing the limes (it takes 1-1/2 cups of fresh lime juice) and I was JUST about to throw all of the lime rinds into the garbage, when I remembered a video that Allrecipes had posted earlier this week on Instagram for Sliced Watermelon Jell-o® Shots! They looked so darn cute, and I DID have all of these lime rind halves that I could put to use, so I gave it a try.

A couple of the reviewers mentioned that they are hard to make. I found the video very helpful, and I didn't think they were difficult at all, but here are a few tips:

Tips & Tricks:

1. Once you have the lime turned inside-out, the best way to remove the membranes and flesh is to take a sharp knife and scrape from the top down, as if you were cleaning the white pith from a peeled orange.

2. Rather than place the lime halves in a dish towel lined dish - I used a mini muffin tin, which was the perfect size, and worked great.

3. I had a hard time finding black sesame seeds. I checked Walmart & Publix, and I even asked at a Chinese restaurant if they used them in any of their dishes (thinking they would sell me a little bit of them), but no luck. I knew that I had regular sesame seeds at home, so I decided to toast them to turn them brownish-black (that's really the color of watermelon seeds anyway, right?)  It worked like a charm.

4. To slice them, I found it much easier to place them jello side down on a cutting board, and then cut through the lime rind with a sharp knife, using firm pressure and a light back and forth motion.

5. After you slice them, you may notice that some of the jello pushes inward a bit from the pressure from slicing them, and leaves a slight edge of the rind showing. I just trimmed the excess rind with a scissors. I didn't get a picture of this with the jello inside, but you get the picture!

6. Made according to the recipe, they turned out WAY too boozy for us (I don't know, maybe we're getting too old?)  I would suggest adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vodka, rum or watermelon schnapps, depending on your tastes, or no booze at all!

Aren't they just the cutest things ever?

Recipe source: Allrecipes

These would be perfect for a 4th of July party! I might just have to make some more!

Buon Appetito!


  1. So darn cute! :) I just love them!

    1. Thanks Baking Nana - they were fun to make and photograph - except that I had to keep putting them back in the fridge because they were starting to melt in the afternoon sun as I was trying to get a good shot! Hah!

  2. Super cute Kim!!! Love this idea and that you were able to reuse something you would have thrown away anyway!

  3. OMG! I'm Sooooo making these! Haven't made Jell-O shots in Years! I hadn't seen the AR video, but your tips really make them sound doable. Thanks, Kim!

  4. Thanks Staci! They were a lot of fun. 1 cup of vodka was too much for our tastes. Maybe when I was in my 20s, but not now! LOL :)

  5. In my search for sesame seeds today (which were about $3 a jar - that I'd likely never use) I came across flax seeds in the bulk section & thought they looked like the perfect color & shape/size. I got probably a couple of tablespoons for a whopping $0.07! Score!! Bonus - they have pretty much no taste, which I think may actually work better than the sesame. We'll see...

    1. Staci - that is a major SCORE! I don't know of any place near me that has a bulk section like that . . . wish there were! I was lucky in that I had a small bit of regular sesame seeds on hand. Be sure to go easy on the vodka, or I'm afraid you'll be disappointed in the flavor. I wish I had used watermelon schnapps, and just a bit for more watermelon flavor. Let me know how yours turn out and what you end up using for the booze, if any. :)

  6. Love those watermelon jello shots Kim! Adorable!

  7. very informative and knowledgeable

  8. This is just for the entertainment and excitement but we really like this creative idea. You and your husband are very creative people!