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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Prosciutto - Cantaloupe Bites

When you work full-time, it's not easy to make dinner on weekdays. If you're one of the salaried people like me, you would get me! However, cooking actually soothes me. It helps me focus on things better and makes me happy. You've probably heard about a secret ingredient of top chefs that when you cook, you cook with your soul. It sounds corny right? BUT it's true. If you like cooking, you can't agree with this secret more.

The more I'm into food, the more I'm fascinated about it. Your food can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Take this dish for example, it's very simple to make but the finished dish is elegant beyond expectation! The prosciutto does the trick. A lime dressing gives it a twist. The saltiness of it, the sweetness from the cantaloupe, and the tangy minty flavor from lime drizzle, makes this dish a perfect combination. The prosciutto is usually good by itself and appears in Italian and Greek food a lot.

That's the reason why "back-to-basics" is blooming in this life style. Young single family, working couple, living a city life, and little time for cooking, are popular excuses to not cook! Yes, I used it as my excuse before..Don't fall into the same trap!

Prosciutto - Cantaloupe Bites
Yield: 8 skewers

16 cantaloupe cubes
a package sliced prosciutto
1 lime, juice
2 teaspoons extra virgin love oil
pinch of crushed chili flake
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
Bamboo skewers

  • Combine lime juice, olive oil, and chili flake, whisk well. Set aside
  • Cut prosciutto in half lengthwise. You will get 2 slices out of 1 slice.
  • Wrap one cube with presliced prosciutto and secure it on a skewer one at a time. 2 wrapped cantaloupes per skewer.
  • Arrange them on a serving plate and drizzle with oil mixture. 
  • Sprinkle finely chopped mint when serving

    See how easy it is? It's a perfect light dinner when you don't have much time to prepare appetizers before your dinner. I'm going to put this on a food party list!


    Julie Pham said...

    Looks yummy. I'm going to have to try it.

    Tanantha P. said...

    Thanks Julie! Let me know how it turns out

    Anonymous said...

    Wondered if my email came through regarding ingredients. You have 1 Tab. finely chopped mint twice. Do you use both, put 1 Tab. in o.oil then sprinkle when serving? Wonder if 2 Tab. would overwhelm the taste, so that's my question. Will make the recipe. Have had another version, but yours looks better. Thanks.

    Tanantha P. said...

    No, I haven't received the email. Sorry for the typo and thanks for catching that! Please use only 1 TB for finely chopped mint. Sprinkle when serving. Let me know how you like it! :)

    Deana Sidney said...

    I just loved looking at those bites... what a luminous photo... and sounds so yummy too!

    Tanantha P. said...

    Thanks! Photos tell a story indeed

    Mandy said...

    Just made these for a party last night and they almost all went! They were very good and I expect it'd be tasty with mango too. I'll have to try that next! Thanks!

    Tanantha P. said...

    Hi Mandy! I hope you had fun at the party and your guests liked it! Mango sounds interesting. Be careful with a tart mango, because the drizzle is already sour :)let me know how it goes!

    Matt Kay said...

    Proscuitto e Melone! I love this stuff. I posted a really twisted version of it on my blog as well. It's just so simple that there are so many things you can do to put a "spin" on it.

    I love your use of lime juice. Looks great!

    Leafygreens Photography said...

    Hello! I tried your recipe yesterday and it was great. Having the sauce really changed up the traditional cantaloupe+prosciutto taste.


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