Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Refreshing Appetizer: Prosciutto w/ Melon & Mozzarella

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This appetizer is reserved for the hot summer months only.

Who doesn't love good Prosciutto di Parma with melon?

The basil shallot dressing adds a little pizazz and color to the fresh mozzarella.

Try these at your next outdoor party and watch them disappear! (I sound like a commercial).



Prosciutto, Melon & Mozzarella Skewers: (adapted from Epicurious)

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves plus sprigs for garnish
1 medium shallot, quartered

1 small (about 2-pound) cantaloupe, halved crosswise, seeded, cut into cubes (I bought my melon already cut up)
fresh water-packed mozzarella balls
thin slices of good prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise, gathered into ruffle
6 8-inch wooden skewers

Make the dressing in a food processor, by pulsing the basil and shallot together and adding the olive oil thru the feed tube. Can be made ahead.



Thread your wooden skewers with a melon cube, ruffle of prosciutto and ending with a mozzarella ball.

Arrange them decoratively on a platter and drizzle dressing over just before serving.



Enjoy!

18 comments:

Julie said...

It's going to be a long day at work with food like that on my mind.

Claudia said...

This is the most refreshing appetizer ever. I do something similar all the time and it never gets old! The photos make me want to do it today!

SarahB said...

The basil shallot dressing MAKES it! I love these!! So simple, so good.

Cristie said...

Now here is a great flavor combo! I love it! Beautifuf as well :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

I bet the flavors are terrific.

kat said...

I'll take a few of those with a glass of prosecco please

lisa said...

Stacey, we've done it again! I'm working on a post for a prosciutto-nectarine-mozzarella salad. Your basil shallot dressing looks great too!

Maria said...

I love the skewer idea! So fun!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Wow, We think alike, I have proscuitto and melon in draft! Sweet and salty, I love it!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Nothing better on a hot summer day than NJ melon with prosciutto di Parma.

The Food Hunter said...

these are perfect for a summertime gathering.

Jen said...

yummy and pretty too!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I'll bring the margaritas, you make these. If only the weather was hot, here. Mid-70's. Nice, but definitely not HOT. Love melon and prosciutto. I'm makin' this for Friday tapas... maybe something with figs, too.

tasteofbeirut said...

I have only had this with melon and porto and I like your take on it way better! Love those photos too , so appetizing!

Caroline said...

Looks delicious! I love fresh mozzarella and your dressing sounds like the perfect touch! For a slightly different twist on prosciutto and melon, check out Grape-Melon Prosciutto Cups on Caroline's Cravings!

Anonymous said...

I just made these! They're SOOOOOOO delicious - not boring like just prosciutto wrapped melon. The basil oil adds the perfect flavour and the colours are very esthetically appealing!

Emely said...

Does anyone know if this appetizer would be okay if made a day ahead? I would wait to drizzle the dressing until serving but would it ruin any flavor at all if I make the dressing and prep the skewers the night before? Thank you. Cannot wait to try this.

Stacey Snacks said...

Emely,
No, these should not be made a day before.
They will get wet and mushy.

Make them a few hours before, and dress right before serving.

Stacey