Salami Wrapped Melon With Candied Fennel, Anise, Coriander and Pink Peppercorns
This easy and refreshing starter is a playful take on the favorite Italian appetizer, Prosciutto e Melone. Featuring
Finocchiona Salami and Salumi Salami from our friends at Salumi Cured Meats we finish it all off with colorful, crunchy and exquisite candied anise, fennel, Indian coriander and pink peppercorns. The salty savoriness of the salami is a perfect compliment to the super sweet melon.
You’ll want a completely ripe melon for this dish so look for melon skins that are firm and free of bruising or soft spots. The stem end should not be green, and the end of the melon opposite of the stem should have a nice strong pleasant aroma.
A great offering for the upcoming Labor Day BBQ’s and picnics. Enjoy!
Salumi Wrapped Melon with Candied Seeds
Candied Fennel, Anise and Coriander Seeds
1 melon - cantaloupe (aka muskmelon) or any other ripe variety at your local market
10-15 slices of salami, thinly sliced
For Candied Seeds
1/4 cup Pink Peppercorns
1/4 cup Fennel Seeds, toasted
1/4 cup Anise Seeds, Toasted
1/4 cup Indian Coriander Seeds, toasted
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. olive oil
3 Tbls. water
1/8 tsp. baking soda
For Candied Seeds:
Toast fennel, anise and Indian coriander seeds, lightly, in a dry skillet. Transfer to a plate.
Put sugar, water and butter in a saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, increase heat and boil for about 2 minutes (or until the liquid is thick and syrupy.
Remove from heat and add the baking soda, toasted seeds and pink peppercorns. Mix rapidly to coat seeds and peppercorns with syrup.
Pour mixture on a parchment lined cookie sheet, pressing them lightly to separate.
Allow to cool completely and they are ready to use with the melon recipe
Store remaining in a tightly covered container in a cool dry place.
Slice melon in half and remove seeds
Using a melon baller, scoop out the melon balls
Place melon balls atop a lovely slice of salami and secure with a toothpick
Sprinkle each melon ball with the candied seeds and pink peppercorns
Arrange on a platter and serve
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