Today is the last post of a series that I have been doing with the Marzetti® brand. I have been sharing fun creations all made from fruits or vegetables. Today’s is Uncle Sam’s Hat made from produce.
What I have for you in this post is perfect to use at your upcoming 4th of July celebration. It would be the most amazing centerpiece on your serving table.
It is Uncle Sam’s Hat made mainly out of fruit along with some asparagus and mint leaves. I love the idea of having these fun creations at parties. They will most definitely turn into a conversation piece for your guests. If you want to see the other items I have shared before, here is where you can find them – robot, handbag with shoes, and flower vase.
Uncle Sam’s Hat made from produce
Since the hat is mainly fruit, it is perfect to serve along with a beautiful colorful tray of fruit along with Marzetti® Cream Cheese Fruit Dip. It adds just a little extra sweetness to whatever fruit you serve. To help you get started on trying this yourself, print this coupon for $1 off any Marzetti Fruit Dip! https://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?bt=xg&tqnm=ufplckq81087022&o=123640&c=IO&p=5xIyoYkt
With what I purchased to make Uncle Sam’s Hat, I had enough fruit left over to make the fruit tray shown in the picture below. So not only do you get a great center piece but you also get food for your celebration too!
Now, starfruit is what is supposed to be used to make the stars on the hat. I had a hard time finding starfruit, so I used pineapple instead and cut the stars out using a medium sized metal star cookie cutter that I picked up at my local craft store. I found a set of 3 for $4.
One other thing to note is that dental grip was suggested to secure the blueberries on Uncle Sam’s Hat. This didn’t work so well for me, so I ended up just securing them to the hat using toothpicks that I broke in half.
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Watch this video on how to make the Uncle Sam’s Hat. Then be sure to get the list of produce I used along with my instructions, tips, and tricks on how to make it. Get creative the next time you shop the produce section of your favorite store and see what you can “produce.”
- 1 seedless watermelon
- 2 lbs strawberries
- 1–2 starfruit or 1 pineapple (If using pineapple you will also need a medium star metal cookie cutter)
- 2 (6 oz) pkg blueberries
- 1 honeydew melon
- 4 stalks of asparagus
- 4 small mint leaves
- 3 bamboo skewers
- toothpicks broken in half
- paper towels
- Marzetti cream cheese fruit dip
- Cut the watermelon in half at its widest part. This will be about 1/4-1/3 from one end of the watermelon. Set aside the smallest piece to cut up for the fruit tray.
- Cut a one inch thick slice of the remaining large half of watermelon. This one inch slice will be the base of the hat. Set that down on the platter or tray you will be displaying the hat on.
- Then cut the remaining watermelon into one inch slices. Using a plastic bowl with a 4 inch wide rim or a metal 4 inch cookie cutter to cut circles out the remaining watermelon slices. Set aside any scraps to use for the fruit tray.
- Stack cut out water melon circles on the base of the hat. Secure the watermelon rings to the base of the hat with the bamboo skewers. Cut off any excess skewer that may stick out of the top of the hat. At any point you may need to use paper towels to absorb any juice and may drip from the fruit onto your display tray.
- Trim and slice some of the strawberries in half and melon ball half of the honeydew melon. Make lines of strawberry halves and melon balls from the the top of the hat down to the middle. Secure using toothpicks. This creates the stripes on the hat.
- Slice the starfruit to make 4-5 slices, making 4-5 stars. If not using starfruit, slice 4 or 5 1 inch slices of pineapple. Place the cookie cutter in the center of each ring to cut into a star shape. Save any scraps to cut later for your fruit tray.
- Arrange the stars evenly around the base of the hat, securing with toothpicks. Then fill in the area around the stars with blueberries using toothpicks that have been broken in half. Also cover the top of the hat with blueberries.
- Cut the asparagus into 4 candles. Place a toothpick in the bottom of each stalk so you can secure it into the top of the hat. Then use a toothpick to poke a hole in the top of the asparagus stalks. Use this hole to poke the stem of the mint leave in to create the flame of the candle.
- Then place the asparagus candles on the top of the hat.
- Use the remaining scraps from the fruit to cut up and make a fruit tray to serve with the cream cheese dip.
Disclosure: I have been invited to participate in a Marzetti ambassador program. This post is sponsored by Marzetti and product has been provided by them. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.