Josh Mmontenegro

Perfect Apppetizers for the Summer

I’m not much of a cook, but I did manage to at least learn enough to be able to eat healthy and not die of hunger. My brother and his wife are another story. My sister in law went to culinary school, and my brother has worked in the kitchen for a really long time. They often come up with really interesting dishes. Like the type of recipes that make you question the dish when you first see the ingredients, but once you try it, you realize they taste great together. Three weeks ago they made the following appetizers that I never thought I would have enjoyed, but I sure did!


Prosciutto e Melone:


Prosciutto is pretty much an Italian ham cured by drying and typically served in a very thin slice. The recipe is pretty simple, you pretty much wrap the prosciutto on a bite size cantaloupe. That is it! The sweetness of the cantaloupe mix very well with the saltiness of the prosciutto. 


Watermelon Feta Salad:

 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

3 c. cubed seedless watermelon

1 c. medium cucumber, chopped

1 c. crumbled feta

1/2 c. red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 c. coarsely chopped mint

Flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)


DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt. 
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine watermelon, cucumber, feta, red onion, and mint. Pour over dressing, tossing to combine.
  3. Garnish with more mint and flaky sea salt. 

Like I said, a dish that might not look very appealing if we looked at just the ingredients, but! Altogether the mixture of flavors just works. Well, at least I thought they were really good. I also can’t say I’m picky when it comes to food either. What I really like about these two dishes is that they are very easy to make, and very refreshing for the summer!

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