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Skewers of Melon, Parma Ham and Mozzarella .

A Bit Of History.
Parma Ham is from Italy and is made from the hind leg or thigh of either a pig or a wild boar. By law only pigs that are from the hills around Parma (Italy) can be used to produced and cure Parma Hams. The pigs used in manufacture must also have come from region. Its not cooked and tradition says that a Parma Ham is made from only four ingredients, pork, salt, air and time.

The hams are first cured in salt for up to three months. They are then washed, dried and then hung in well ventilated rooms where they are exposed the outside temperature and humidity. This could be another three months. At the end of this period they are greased with a fat and salt mix and then hung in dark cellars until the curing is completed. Depending on the size of the ham and the temperature this will be between one and THREE years.

So when the girl at the supermarket sticks the price tag on your ham don't go into cardiac arrest, this is not your average sandwich ham, its very special!

What Wine?
Serve with a chilled Riesling or Pinot Blanc.

What Do You Need?
Stock Ingredients

  • A glug or Two of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper (to taste) 
Shopping List 
  • 1 Slice Parma Ham per Skewer. 
  • 1 Ripe Spanpsek or Honeydew Melon. 
  • Buffalo Mozzarella (water-packed) 
  • 20 or 30 leaves of fresh mint. 
  • Wodden Skewers 

And This Is What You Do!

  1. Make the dressing by combing the olive oil, mint leaves and salt in a pestle and mortar and then bash then into a runny paste. Add pepper to taste.
  2. Peel and cut the melon into wedges, removing the seeds as you go. Then cut the wedges into 2cm square chunks.
  3. Cut the Parma ham lengthwise into 2 or 3cm wide strips. Then roll them into tubes.
  4. Cut the mozzarella ball into cubes about 1 or 2cm square.
  5. To assemble skewers, place one piece of melon, followed by one piece of rolled up parma ham, then one slice of mozzarella, another piece of parma ham, and a last piece of melon.

For two people make 4 or 6 Skewers. Place your finished skewers on a platter and spoon the dressing over them. Serve immediately.

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