Melon and Prosciutto Skewers #SundaySupper

I fell in love with prosciutto wrapped melon in Tuscany. These enticing Melon and Prosciutto Skewers with a drizzle of basil oil swept me back to Italy. Wouldn’t they be perfect for your Oscar party?

Melon and Prosciutto Skewers | Easy appetizer with the taste of Italy

A Taste of Italy

When I was in my 20’s, my parents spent a couple summers in Cortona, Italy, in the hills of Tuscany. My mom was teaching a studies abroad course and I took my first trip across the Atlantic. I saw the sites of Rome, Florence, Venice and Spoleto, but most vivid were the memories of incredible dishes prepared for the faculty in that quaint walled town. Grilled trout, stuffed zucchini blossoms and my first taste of succulent Italian melon wrapped in paper thin and salty Prosciutto de Parma.

Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (7)

Prosciutto e Melone AKA Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

So when the Sunday Supper team chose the red carpet theme this week, I thought back to the spectacular starter I first  tasted decades ago. I merged that delectable combination with my favorite Caprese salad ingredients and, voila, the perfect appetizer for any gathering.

Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

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Melon and Prosciutto Skewers #SundaySupper

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Serves: 6-8 skewers

These Italian inspired skewers feature melon, mozzarella, prosciutto and grape tomatoes! Adapted from Bon Appetit.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1 small or half a medium cantaloupe, cut into slices, then chunks
  • Small fresh mozzarella balls
  • Sliced prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise, and folded into ruffle
  • Small cherry or grape tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Pulse or puree olive oil, basil and shallot in food processor or blender till basil and shallot are finely chopped.
  2. Alternate one piece of melon, one piece of prosciutto, one mozzarella ball, another prosciutto ruffle, a grape tomato, a third prosciutto ruffle and then one more piece of melon on each skewer.
  3. Place skewers on platter. Drizzle with basil oil and garnish with sprigs of basil before serving.

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Comments

  1. These skewers very much remind me of Italy too – what a perfect bite!

  2. Simply damn delicious appetizer!!!
    i had =jamon iberico ham and i think i’m gonna use this for this recipe…

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Very pretty Liz, they’d get my vote:@)

  4. Oh Liz, you are taking me back to my travels to Italy. Ah yes, those lovely walled towns of Tuscany. I think San Gimigniano was my favorite!

  5. What a beautiful town Cortona is!! Love your version of prosciutto e melone Liz! Very elegant! 🙂

  6. Yep. I can see how the salty prosciutto pairs well with the sweet melon. Great combination!

  7. I love everything about these fresh bites! They look like the perfect party appetizer!

  8. Absolutely adore the pretty presentation, Liz!

  9. I love simple appetizers like this for a party! It looks so fresh and delicious.

  10. A taste of Italy on a stick! What a wonderful idea – and they look so elegant! Definitely red carpet ready!

  11. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Liz, these are so pretty and they must rank really high on the “fabulous smell scale”. I imagine that between the sweet melon, the fresh basil and the lovely prosciutto, they must be pretty popular at any gathering!
    Have a nice Sunday and enjoy Oscar night!
    Andrea

  12. I absolutely love skewers for parties, and your combo wins in my book!

  13. I love melon and prosciutto as well and often serve it as a first course…I never thought of putting them on a skewer…. you are a genius!!

  14. The combination of cantelope + prosciutto is what I miss most of my developed melon allergy. 🙁
    Your skewers are elegant and beautiful and I know delicious.

  15. Deanna Samaan says:

    Yumm!!! I love melon and this is such a simple appetizer but it has so much flavor!!!

  16. Love this for an Oscar party, so pretty and elegant. Prosciutto and melon is one of my favs!!

  17. A lovely rendition of the classic prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe. Fantastic and award winning appetizers for sure.

  18. This is one gorgeous appetizer. I could easily eat the entire platter.

  19. Liz – These look fantastic! I love how elegantly simple they are!!!

  20. These look great, the perfect bite for the party tonight!

  21. My husband and I went to Italy about 12 years ago. It was the best trip we have ever taken. These remind me of that fabulous trip. Simple ingredients that taste stunning.

  22. Wow what a fabulous combination Liz! Classy yet delicious with every bite!

  23. Mellon and prosciutto is a great combination of flavors. What wonderful memories!

  24. This is definitely perfect for a party – so easy to make. That basil oil sounds like it would be good on just about anything too.

  25. I love what you’ve done here, Liz. Creamy, sweet, salty and tangy. Perfection.

  26. Diana @DandelionGreensBlog says:

    What amazing little bites of perfection! Perfect for tonight’s event!

  27. Prosciutto makes everything yummy! This is a great combination! Light and delicious! I need a glass of wine…

  28. What an awesome memory! And a fabulous recipe! Now I know how you stay skinny!

  29. How grrrrreat is that, Liz? Wow you were in Italy for a semester? A year? Lucky you to have tasted the prosciutto perfection in the land from whence the appetizer originated =) Thank you for sharing the replication how-to!

  30. That’s kicking melon and prosciutto up a few notches, which is hard to do in my book, because I love the combination. Such beautiful flavors and colors!

  31. Looks so pretty and I bet it tastes even better!

  32. I just watched Triple D last week and went all around Italy- all I can say is wow. That is food heaven over there. I was telling my mom the most incredible part about authentic Italian cuisine, from what I could tell, is how simple it is. Their dishes look so simple to make, yet I think it is the fresh and wholesome ingredients that make it so much better. I hope to go someday and try it all for myself. What an experience that must have been for you Lizzy!

    These skewers are a great idea for any party. I love prosciutto!! These are so elegant. I could probably eat them all.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

  33. I think these sound fabulous! I’ve never really been a fan of cantaloupe but in think it would be great paired with prosciutto. Pinned and stumbled!

  34. I just love the color combination! Almost, but not quite, too pretty to eat! 🙂

  35. This is definitely perfect for any red carpet party. They look so elegant and I love how easy they are to make. Melon and prosciutto are a great combo!

  36. These little skewers are exactly the things I like to pack in my school lunches. This combination looks truly wonderful. Stealing this one, thanks.

  37. A classic, Liz! I love the sweet and salty combo!

  38. Such a simple, lovely, and elegant appetizer.

  39. LIzzy,
    I must have said this many times but prosciutto and mozzarella are my favorites. There’s no need to make them look as lovely as you have, I would just devour them.
    Annamaria

  40. love how simple, yet fancy these are!

  41. Your skewers look SO party-awesome, and delicious 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  42. I am drooling and so in awe of your pictures, they are beyond gorgeous!! You should seriously teach food blogging photography.

    and what a beautiful classic combination – perfect for the occasion!

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