This is a classic Italian pairing of salty and unctuously rich prosciutto with sweet melon that is a favorite in the Marketman & Family household. It is incredibly easy to make and always pleases guests over for a casual Italian style meal. First purchase some good Prosciutto di Parma that is sliced painfully thin at your favorite delicatessen. We had the remnants of a whole prosciutto in our fridge, so we simply sliced this into a medium thick (our home electric slicer isn’t as good as a deli version), relatively small pieces. Next, I also sliced half of a peeled cantaloupe, using the electric slicer, making long thin arcs of melon.
Arrange these ingredients on a plate, alternating prosciutto and melon, until you have this visually arresting appetizer. Personally, I thought the balance of saltiness to sweetness was a bit off, and hence would recommend adding two thin slices of melon for every slice of prosciutto instead. I have featured this simple pairing before, here and here, so there are many ways to present these two ingredients…
If you can’t find a good melon, and have stunning chicos (they are in season now) instead, they make an interesting pairing with prosciutto as well, see here. Enjoy!