Prosciutto and Melon…with a twist!

Prosciutto and Melon with Minty Balsamic GlazeI have always loved a little something salty with something fruity, so the pairing of prosciutto and melon is one of my favorite appetizers.

Just as it is with most things, it’s fun to switch things up from time to time. Changing one element of this traditional dish, makes it seem like a different dish altogether. Just like tossing a new pillow onto a couch brightens up a room, the added “drizzle” of this minty balsamic glaze, brings new life to this already delicious appetizer. The sweetness of the melon and the saltiness of the prosciutto is Gr8 on its own, but the finishing touch added in the end…even better! Don’t be afraid of this unfamiliar combination! It’s tasty, refreshing and easy, too! With the simple ingredients, preparation and pretty presentation, it’s sure to be a winner.

Here’s a new version of this classic hors d’oeuvre.

Adapted from Gourmet magazine 1993.

Prosciutto and Melon with Minty Balsamic Glaze
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Prosciutto and Melon with Minty Balsamic Glaze

Author Debbie

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons minced fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 medium cantaloupe seeded and cut into wedges
  • 4 - 6 thin slices prosciutto cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the vinegar, mint and sugar. Whisk until sugar dissolves.

  2. Allow mixture to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Press the solids through a fine sieve, set over a small bowl. Discard solids.
  4. Carefully slide the blade of a sharp knife between the melon and the rind, lengthwise, keeping fruit ontop of slice, but don't separate.
  5. Cut into the melon, creating individual cubes.
  6. Place a piece of prosciutto in between each melon cube.
  7. Arrange wedges on a serving platter and drizzle each wedge with some of the reserved minty mixture.
  8. Garnish the plates with the chopped chives.
  9. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser… Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Tip:

For extra added color, use a variety of melons, available at your local market.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Claudia Kerns | 14th Aug 15

    I am definitely trying this new version of my favorite!! Looks fabulous!

    • Debbie | 14th Aug 15

      Lon, the mint glaze lightens it up and works perfectly with the saltiness of the prosciutto and not too sweet! You’ll love this at your next get together with friends and neighbors!

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