Updated 07/06/2011 05:00 AM
Recipe: Cantaloupe Skewers with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Salami and Mint
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Makes approx 3 dozen
- Approx. 6-8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- Olive oil and black pepper for cheese
- 1/2 large ripe cantaloupe
- Limejuice and salt for melon (optional)
- 12 slices deli salami, each cut into 3 strips
- 36 mint leaves
- 36 skewers (or frill picks)
Cut the fresh mozzarella cheese into 3/4 - 1-inch cubes....toss those with extra virgin olive oil and a good crack of black pepper and then cut the cantaloupe in half....through the stem end....scoop out the seeds and cut it lengthwise into 1 1/2 inch thick strips.
You probably won't need a whole cantaloupe for this and the next step is to use your knife to separate the fruit from the skin and then cut that fruit crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
When you are done with that, put those pieces into a mixing bowl and add a squeeze of limejuice.....or even lemon juice....season with salt and gently toss to combine.
Then use your knife to slice the salami into 1-inch wide strips.
To assemble the skewers, wrap each piece of mozzarella with one strip of salami....skewer that....add 1 folded mint leaf and then skewer one piece of cantaloupe...keeping the widest part at the bottom.
Substitute prosciutto for the salami and basil for the mint. Leave out the step of marinating the cubed melon if you like…..especially if the melon is super ripe already.