Aug 2, 2011
11:00 AM
Café Connecticut

Quick Bites: Melon

 

It’s high summer—the perfect time for melon, the delicious and nutritious iconic fruit­ we know so well from outdoor picnics and barbecues. Melons of all kinds burst with flavor and are one of the most refreshing fruits we can think of. Now, creative chefs around Connecticut are also demonstrating how versatile they are. Here are some juicy examples. Char Koon 1800 in Canton (860/693-8868) offers an Orchid Crispy Shrimp entreé: fried shrimp with honeydew melon spheres, both topped with a sweet fruit glaze. One of their most popular dishes, this meal is sure to satisfy both fruity and fried-food cravings. Match Restaurant in South Norwalk (203/852-1088) is serving black mission figs stuffed with warm Gorgonzola, surrounded by chilled “melon marbles”—watermelon, honeydew and galia—all topped with prosciutto chips and a fig-balsamic emulsion. This is a limited special appetizer for the summer only, so don’t miss it. Cavey’s French and Italian Restaurant in Manchester (860/643-2751) features orange-flesh honeydew melon in a unique summer salad of assorted greens mixed with cucumber, citrus fennel and prosciutto di parma, topped with a dressing of melon juice, Chardonnay vinegar and grapeseed oil. At Royal Palace in New Haven (203/776-6663), diced watermelon gets top billing in the smorgasbord of ingredients, including mushrooms, scallops and chicken in the Eight Treasure Winter Melon Soup—served warm, year-round. If you’re looking for something sweet but not filling, enjoy the luscious taste of watermelon sherbet at Cows and Cones in Gales Ferry (860/464-2663). And, just when you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to alcoholic beverages, think again: You can have a Hooker Watermelon Ale at Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield (860/242-3111) through the end of August—a unique blend of hops and fruit. Melons are the iconic fruit of the summer, so try any of these dishes or treats while they’re in peak season!
 

Quick Bites: Melon

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