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Apparently, Kroger loves
stalking their customers! They actually pay attention to what you buy most often and then send you relevant coupons. Last week I went a little cantaloup crazy. Seriously they had them on sale for 99¢ each and I bought like 6 of them. 6 WHOLE CANTALOUPS folks 6!
The next thing I knew – I’m a memeber of Bzzagent.com – I received an email stating “Hey you just bought a crap-ton of cataloups wanna make a recipe?!” Ok it didn’t say crap-ton, but you get the drift. I was like Oh.Em.Gee…Kroger is stalking me! But I get the chance to be featured on their recipe page, and well I wasn’t going to turn that down.
This Summer Kroger is releasing a whole series on fruit-based recipes, and I was thrilled when they asked me to showcase a classic family favorite – it was totally “skewed.”
During the Summer, when we start having get togethers and functions, we love serving prosciutto melon as a fruit course or appetizer. I have to admit melon wrapped in prosciutto is absolutely delicious because you have the naturally sweet flavor from the ripened melon and the salty savory from the prosciutto – but it can get boring.
Kroger decided to take a different route with this Italian/Mediterranean favorite and put together some prosciutto melon skewers. Here’s my replica:
I had bought a piece of whole prosciutto from the Italian Deli to make my Pizza Rustica for Easter, and I decided to use my deli slicer to thinly shave the prosciutto myself for this recipe. Best idea I’ve had in a while! Once I had the amount I needed, I cut off the excess fat around the edges.
- 1 cantaloupe, peeled and cut into balls or cubes
- 8 water-packed mozzarella balls or pearls
- 8 thin slices of prosciutto, cut in half
- 8 wooden skewers
- 1 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
- Basil leaves for garnish, if desired
- Fold the prosciutto, accordion-style, into a small square. Place items on skewers in the following order: melon, prosciutto, mozzarella, prosciutto, melon, adding basil leaves as desired.
- Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until it’s reduced to about ¼ cup, 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Drizzle desired amount over skewers.
- For Melon Balls
- A good tip is to leave the rind on the melon while scooping. This keeps the melon firm while you're making the balls.
- When you push in the scoop make it go all the way down to the rind and keep twisting so that it "Shaves" off any excess melon. This helps to make the balls equal in size and perfectly round.
- For the Balsamic Glaze
- While you are reducing the Balsamic, stir it every 2 to 3 minutes. Because of the sugars in the vinegar it can easily coagulate and stick to the bottom of the pan. Should this happen just add a a teaspoon of water.
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