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Recipe Box: Prosciutto & Melon


I went to a potluck lunch the other day, and the theme of the lunch was…Italia! Something I love, to be sure. However, this particular day I had absolutely zero time to whip up anything complicated, so what I brought was about as simple as it gets.

Also as tasty as it gets.

Prosciutto-wrapped melon is a very popular primi piatti (appetizer) in Italy, and the delish factor comes from the saltiness of the prosciutto paired with the juicy sweetness of the melon.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ripe cantaloupe
  • 8 slices of prosciutto, thinly sliced (prosciutto di parma is the most authentic kind, if you can find it)

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Cut the rind from the melon, and slice into 1 inch cubes. (I find cubes work much better than using a melon baller–it’s a little tricky to wrap the prosciutto around melon balls.)
  2. Slice the prosciutto into thin strips using a very sharp knife.
  3. Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each melon cube and hold in place with a toothpick.
  4. Chill before serving.

Like I said, it doesn’t get any easier than that.

Buon appetit!

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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