Skewered Peaches with Basil and ProsciuttoPin It
Got a bottle of bubbly that's just itching for a culinary companion? Look no further, 'cause this taste of summer is the perfect cocktail party treat, and oh so pretty to boot!
This little ditty is a simplified version of a recipe I saw on Epicurious some time ago. Not that the original was much more complicated, but it called for tossing the peach wedges in a mixture of sugar, sherry vinegar and cumin.
The local peaches we had were so perfectly ripe, sweet and succulent that I couldn't bring myself to #$%& with them in any way, so I simply wrapped them gently in prosciutto and skewered them to fresh basil leaves from the garden. Each was a little wedge of heaven, I must say.
If I had less than stellar peaches I'm sure that the recipe as written would have really kicked them up a notch, but we certainly enjoyed the sweet-salty-herbal perfection of this unadulterated version. This one is so simple that I'm not even going to type out a formal recipe.
Simply slice each peach into 6 wedges, and slice each piece of prosciutto or serrano ham in half lengthwise. Wrap each piece of ham around a peach wedge, place atop a basil leaf and skewer the whole thing together with a toothpick, metal, or bamboo pick. If your peaches are less than perfect and you want to dress them up some, the original recipe called for tossing 3 peaches worth of wedges in a mix of 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin. Enjoy!
Cheers - Steve