Spicy Melon and Serrano Ham

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 16 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 1 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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5 whole cloves

2 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 cup white wine vinegar

1 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

3 pieces lemon rind

1/4 seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed

1/2 cantaloupe, peeled and cubed

8 thin slices Serrano ham

1 cup mixed good olives, preferably Manzanillas, Kalamatas or green garlic

Olive oil, for drizzling

Dash coarse or kosher salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, vinegar, water, sugar, and lemon rind. Set the pan over medium heat, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Cut the watermelon and cantaloupe into large cubes, and drop them into the pickling liquid. Let the melon pickle for about 1 minute to allow the exotic flavors to infuse the flesh lightly.
  3. To serve: Lay 2 slices of ham in the center of a serving plate and top with a nice mound of the pickled melons. Scatter some olives around the portion, drizzle with the olive oil, and a dash of coarse salt. Repeat with the remaining ingredients