Watermelon and Prosciutto Appetizer
I was thinking about what would be a nice light, refreshing appetizer to bring to a summer BBQ. A month ago, I tried making watermelon salad for the first time. It was such a surprisingly good salad. I twas the combination of sweet and salty with fresh mint that made every bite refreshing. The flavors are so new because we never really pair watermelon, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar. I wanted to see what a bite size version of this salad would be, with every bite featuring one element of the salad. I added proscuitto to just bring some extra saltiness and texture to the appetizer. Try it, you will be delighted.
Watermelon and Proscuitto Appetizer
Feta cheese (a firm kind)
Mint leaves (fresh)
¼ cup of good quality balsamic vinegar (or rice vinegar is nice too)
¼ cup of olive oil
Proscuitto- 100 grams or less depending on how many you are making
Cut up a watermelon into cubes; try to cut them all the same size
Cut up a firm feta cheese into cubes, a bit smaller than the watermelon. It needs to be firm so the toothpick has a sturdy base to hold it all together.
Put each into separate bowls and marinade them in a mixture of balsamic (or rice) vinegar and olive oil for about 30 min.
Tear the mint leaves into pieces that will fit nicely onto each cube when assembled.
Roll small pieces of proscuitto to top of the assembled appetizer.
Assembly the appie. Take the feta cheese cube; add the watermelon cube, then a piece of mint, finally the roll of proscuitto. Stick a toothpick through all of them. Keep doing this until you are done. When complete, pour the leftover marinade over all the finished bites just for extra flavor-refrigerate (or not) and serve. Don’t make these too far ahead of time as the watermelon will lose water the longer it sits.