Capocollo, melon and vin santo


"This is our riff on the old classic prosciutto and melon," says Ward. "Italians all scoff these little nibbles on skewers at the bar for aperitivi with great gusto. We use capocollo for our version - it's the neck of the pig, and is a little less fatty than prosciutto, but still has great depth of flavour. Ask the deli to slice it paper-thin for you. With the finely shaved melon, everything comes together in a sweet, salty and refreshing way that's bound to kick off your late-summer lunch like no other. Make sure you order more capocollo than you need for the recipe, too. It's just as good alone as it is with ricotta and melon."

You'll need

100 ml vin santo 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil ΒΌ each small rockmelon and honeydew melon 500 gm capocollo, thinly sliced (see note) 100 gm fresh firm ricotta, lightly whipped 1 cup (firmly packed) mint, torn

Method

  • 01
  • To make dressing, simmer vin santo in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by a third and has the consistency of a thick syrup (8-10 minutes). Set aside to cool (10-15 minutes), then place in a jar with the olive oil and shake to combine well.
  • 02
  • Thinly slice honeydew and rockmelon on a mandolin, then arrange in curls on a platter with capocollo. Top with spoonfuls of ricotta, then scatter with mint leaves and drizzle with vin santo dressing.

Note Capocollo, or coppa di Parma, is available from select Italian grocers and delicatessens. If it's unavailable substitute prosciutto di Parma.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio. 2012, Friuli.

Featured in

Mar 2015

You might also like...

Autumn recipes

recipes

Tempered chocolate

Braising recipes

recipes

Chocolate cremeux with caramel

Italian recipes

recipes

O Tama Carey's pipis with bay leaves and gentle curry sauce

Fast autumn recipes

recipes

Lamb with orzo and olives

Chocolate recipes

recipes

Braised chicken with mushrooms

Apple recipes

recipes

Roast trout with green lentil and warm bacon dressing

Autumn vegetarian recipes

recipes

O Tama Carey's fresh kefir curd with kithul, roasted coconut and apple

Almond recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×