Saratoga's Famous Melon and Proscuitto

Total Time:
31 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 large cantaloupe sliced into wedges, rind removed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 pound imported proscuitto, sliced paper thin
  • Assorted baby lettuces
  • Berry Syrup, recipe follows
  • Berry Syrup:
  • 1 quart berries, you should use the freshest berries you can find, we prefer to use
  • raspberries or blackberries
  • 1/2 to 1 cup red wine, a cabernet sauvignon will work fine here
  • Sugar
  • Arrowroot
  • Cold water
Directions

Layout on the edge of a plate, 3 or 4 baby lettuce leaves. Over the lettuce lay out 2 thin wedges of cantaloupe and drape 2 to 3 slices of proscuitto over the melon. Garnish with berry syrup.

Berry Syrup:

Combine the berries and the red wine in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let cook for about twenty minutes and adjust the flavor with sugar if necessary to achieve a balanced flavor. Combine some arrowroot with a little cold water and stir into the sauce to give it a nice shine and a little body. Let cool.


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