It’s #PartyWeek! at Jason’s Cooking! Every day this week, we will feature recipes for appetizers and snacks that are a great addition to your party menu. Whether you’re hosting a tailgate, shower, or book club these recipes are a classy twist on some southern party food staples.
Prosciutto and melon is a quick and easy appetizer that is often overlooked but almost universally enjoyed. I use cantaloupe, but you can use any sweet melon you’d like and get the same effect. What you’re going for is the juxtaposition of the sweetness of the melon next to the saltiness of the prosciutto. This combination of salty and sweet is featured in favorites such as chocolate and peanut butter, salted caramel, and grapes and popcorn (trust me).
When shopping for this recipe, look for prosciutto behind the deli counter and pick a cantaloupe that is heavy for its size. What does heavy for its size mean? When you pick it up you should think to yourself, “Wow! That’s heavier than I thought it would be.”
- 1 Cantaloupe
- ½ lb Prosciutto, Thinly Sliced
- Cut the cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds.
- Using a melon baller, scoop out the cantaloupe until you have about 48 balls. Be careful not to get any of the rind.
- Stack the slices of prosciutto and then cut them into 4 equal rectangles.
- Fold a piece of prosciutto in half and then in half again.
- Skewer the prosciutto to the ball of cantaloupe and place on a platter for serving.
If you don’t want to use (or can’t find) prosciutto, cook up some bacon and use that instead. The idea is the same and the crispiness of the bacon goes great with the softness of the melon.
You can make these simple appetizers the day before your party. Just cover and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
A lot of people think that bacon and prosciutto are similar but, aside from the fact that they are both delicious and come from pigs, they’re not. When looking for a substitute for prosciutto, choose thinly sliced ham. When looking for a substitute for pancetta, reach for the bacon.