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Prosciutto and Melon with Pear Mostarda

Number of servings (yield): Approximately 10
Recipe Level: Advanced

Mostarda is a traditional Italian condiment combining fruit with mustard seeds, in this case pears, into a syrupy condiment with a little heat. The spiciness of the mustard in the mostarda contrasts just enough with the sweetness from the melon and pear, making it the perfect twist on a prosciutto and melon appetizer. Impress your guests with this flavorful Prosciutto and Melon with Pear Mostarda and surely they will never forget the luscious flavor of this unique appetizer.

  • 1 pound ripe pears
  • Splash dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon American mustard
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ripe melon
  • 16 ounces Prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced

Peel, core and quarter the pears. In a 2 quart pot over medium-low heat, combine the pears, a splash of white wine and the mustard. Cook, stirring frequently, until all liquid has been evaporated and the pears break down to an applesauce consistency, 15-20 minutes. Let cool until warm.

Transfer fruit mixture to food processor; pulse, adding butter 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until mixture is smooth and cohesive. Let cool completely before refrigerating where it will keep for 3 to 5 days.

To serve, cut melon into 1/2-inch cubes. Arrange melon on a large plate with slices of Prosciutto di Parma draped around them. Smear a dollop of Pear Mostarda onto the plate.


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