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Man makes watermelon pizza and people are comparing it to a 'war crime'

A budding chef from the U.K. first caramelized the fruit, before adding BBQ sauce, cheese and chorizo.

6/15/2021 9:24:00 PM

A budding chef from the U.K. first caramelized the fruit, before adding BBQ sauce, cheese and chorizo.

A budding chef from the U.K. first caramelized the fruit, before adding BBQ sauce, cheese and chorizo.

, who shared a cooking tutorial to his TikTok.The 24-year-old, from the U.K., used a middle cut from a watermelon to achieve that authentic pizza shape, before frying it.Paterson, who works in a supermarket supply chain, then slathered it with BBQ sauce, before adding cheese and chorizo on top.

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Speaking toNewsweek, Paterson revealed what inspired him to try out such an unusual food pairing.Photo of Oliver Paterson's watermelon pizza. The 24-year-old spread BBQ sauce, cheese and chorizo on a slice of the summery fruit.@elburritomonsterHe said:"I've made several videos using various things as a pizza base—such as recently making a hash brown base pizza. I've made BBQ-roasted watermelon before and it came out great, I saw someone make that on a TV show called

Crazy Deliciousjudged by [British chef] Heston Blumenthal and they said it was good on the show, so I thought I would combine the two to make a BBQ-based pizza—I don't think it would work with tomato at all."Watermelon holds its structure quite well when cooked, and I wanted to grill it first to get some of the water out and develop some Maillard reaction on the outside," which is a browning method he later confirmed was to"caramelize" the flesh.

The most important was the taste test, which Paterson says was a winner—and his mom is even a fan.He revealed:"It didn't actually taste too sweet—the BBQ sauce was sweeter than the watermelon but that was balanced out by the cheese and chorizo to make a pretty well balanced snack! I made it again the next day just to eat it again—not even for a TikTok! I also made my mum try it—reluctantly—and she also really liked it, commenting how it satisfies pizza cravings whilst also being very light!"

And it seems the dish has made its way onto Paterson's regular menu, while he may evenexperiment with different toppingsin the future.The budding chef continued:"I may make a few changes, but I would keep it pretty simple with the toppings. I wouldn't add any veg to the pizza as I think it would mess with the textures, but would consider swapping out the chorizo for bacon."

The recipeattracted horror and disbeliefafter he shared the clip online over the weekend.Oliver Paterson, from the U.K, decided to create a watermelon pizza, with a BBQ base and a chorizo sausage. Read more: Newsweek »

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