Skill level: Bit of effort
This is a fun way to serve fruit to give the kids a healthy treat that they'll also enjoy making. We've filled it with all sorts of tasty berries and tropical fruits so that it looks really appealing and colourful, helping to make little ones more interested in eating deliciously healthy fruit. This watermelon pig recipe calls for scooping out the flesh of the melon but it won't go to waste, you can chop it up into bite sized chunks and pop it back into the hollow pig when you're ready to serve. If you're planning a child's birthday party then this little piggy would be perfect, the kids will love it!
You can fill the watermelon with any of your children's favourite fruits including apples and fresh berries
- 1 watermelon
- Mixed fruits to fill
- To decorate:
- 2 limes
- Sliced grapes
- 4 raisins
- First mark out the spiral tail of the pig on the watermelon using a pen. Cut out a large, round hole from the top of the melon, then cut around the marked out spiral tail.
- Us the cut off top to make a 5 cm (2 in) diameter circle for the pig’s snout and 2 triangles for the ears, which you will use to decorate the pig. Set aside.
- Using a melon ball scoop, scoop out watermelon balls until the shell is empty. Discard the seeds as you go. Scrape out any remaining melon and drain the shell of juice. Mop up any remaining juices inside the shell with absorbent kitchen paper.
- Cut the other two melons in half, remove the seeds and scoop out balls of melon. Add to the watermelon balls in a large bowl.
- To decorate the watermelon, halve the limes and attach with toothpicks to make the pigs trotters. Stick 2 melon seeds into the centre of the snout for nostrils. Push toothpicks into the melon where you want the ears and nose to go, then attach the melon pieces to them. Slice the end off the cherries, push a raisin into the centre of each and attach with toothpicks to create the eyes.
- Drain any liquid from the melon balls. Fill the watermelon with the melon balls and grapes.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.