Cooking Classics: Melon & Prosciutto

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The Technique

Melon & Prosciutto

A classic combination of melon & prosciutto is a lovely way to serve fruit & cheese selections when entertaining. Although many times you’ll find these nibbles stacked on skewers & offered as an hors d’oeuvre with cocktails in the evening, this traditional pairing makes a beautiful salad with just a few additional elements. Once the cantaloupe has been portioned, the Melon & Prosciutto With Fresh Herb-Spinach Pesto ingredients can be layered directly on serving platters making it an effortless recipe to serve guests. Learn how to create melon balls for use in this recipe & many other favorites.  

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makes 10 servings

1/4 cup Fresh Herb-Spinach Pesto
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 large cantaloupe
1 {3-oz} package prosciutto 
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 {10-oz} package fresh Mozzarella balls
Freshly ground pepper

Prepare the Fresh Herb-Spinach Pesto as directed. Place 1/4 cup in a small bowl; stir in the olive oil. Save the remaining pesto for another use. Remove the seeds from the cantaloupe with a spoon. Scoop 1-inch balls from the melon to yield approximately 3 cups. Fold each piece of prosciutto in half several times & cut into thirds. Arrange the spinach leaves on a platter; top with the melon, the prosciutto, the Mozzarella & freshly ground pepper. Drizzle the Fresh Herb-Spinach Pesto over the ingredients. 

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makes 1 1/4 cups

Stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons of water or olive oil to thin the pesto, if necessary.

3 cups packed spinach leaves
1/3 cup packed basil leaves
1/3 cup packed parsley leaves
1/2 cup toasted pecan halves
2 garlic cloves, quartered
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Pulse the spinach & the remaining ingredients several times in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl.

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How To Make Melon Balls

Melon balls make a lovely addition to a host of party recipes from appetizers to salads & even beverages. These perfect little bite-sized pieces of cantaloupe, honeydew & watermelon offer a beautiful presentation that are appropriate to serve anytime of the day or evening.   Try any of these fruit selections with the Fresh Herb-Spinach Pesto.

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The Technique

 Melon balls are simple to create with a melon tool & can be portioned either large or small. Rinse the melon under cool running water. Slice the melon in half & remove the seeds using a spoon. In one motion, use the tool to scoop the melon into a round sphere. Expect one side of each piece to have a flat surface. Continue the procedure until the needed quantity for the recipe has been achieved. 

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