Cantaloupe Curls With Spiced Wine

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  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 cup dry red wine

2 Tbs. sugar

1/2 California bay leaf

1 tsp. mustard seeds

1 tsp. pink peppercorns, crushed

2 ripe cantaloupes, chilled


  1. To make spiced wine, simmer all ingredients except cantaloupes in a one-quart heavy saucepan until reduced to about 1/4-cup, 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool in saucepan set in a bowl of ice and cold water. Discard bay leaf. 
  2. Halve each cantaloupe and discard seeds. Scoop out curls from melon halves with an ice cream scoop (not one with a lever) and divide curls among bowls along with any juices. Just before serving, drizzle each serving with about a tablespoon of cooled spiced wine.