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One of the best things about summer is biting into a wedge of fresh, cold, melon! Nothing else is so refreshing or clean tasting, and lightly sweet too! The following is a great recipe for a summer cookout appetizer that will really impress your guests with its sophisticated flavors and yet it’s a breeze to prepare.

Melon, Manchego, and Serrano Skewers

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers, by Amy Sherman

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb. seedless watermelon (and/or cantaloupe)
  • 1/2 lb. Serrano ham, thinly sliced (try Tasso or Lomo from Smoking Goose)
  • 5 oz. Manchego cheese (try Ludwig’s Feather Ridge or Traders Point Fleur de la Terre)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 

 Directions:

  1. Cut the melon flesh away from the rind. Discard the rind and cut the flesh into 1-inch cubes. Cut the ham into thin strips about 1/2 inch wide. Trim the rind off the cheese and discard. Cut the cheese into thin squares to fit the top of the watermelon cubes.
  2. To assemble the skewers, place a piece of cheese on top of a watermelon cube, and then carefully top with 1 or 2 folded strips of ham. Secure each bite with a cocktail pick.
  3. To serve, arrange the skewers on a platter, grind pepper generously over the top and drizzle a drop or two of olive oil over each piece. Serve immediately. Makes about 40 skewers; serves 10 to 12.

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photos from marthastewart.com