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Artie The Airplane Recipe

Originally published as Artie The Airplane in Country Woman July/August 1998, p41

Artie The Airplane Recipe
Recipe type: Kids Party
  • 1 large symmetrical watermelon (12 to 14 pounds)
  • Bamboo skewers and one round wooden toothpick
  • 1 red grape
  • 1 medium unpeeled kiwi
  1. If necessary, cut a thin slice from bottom of watermelon so it sits level. Using a sharp paring knife, trace outlines of tail pieces, propeller and wings on the melon as shown in Fig. 1.
  2. Referring to Fig. 2, cut and carefully remove sections A, B and C. Remove fruit from sections, leaving ⅛ in. of fruit on the rind; set fruit aside.
  3. Set sections B and C aside for back wings.
  4. From section A, cut propeller, two side wings and two tail pieces; set aside.
  5. Carefully remove fruit from the melon to form a shell.
  6. Cut all fruit into cubes or balls. Set aside.
  7. Trim wings and tail pieces to fit smoothly against the melon.
  8. Attach wings and tail with skewers (fig. 3); trim skewers if necessary. Attach propeller with a toothpick; insert grape on end of toothpick. Place one halved kiwifruit next to airplane on either side for wheels as shown in photo.
  9. Fill with reserved watermelon cubes, a salad or dessert.

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