Spicy Melon Skewers

These zingy marinated fruit kabobs make a light and fresh appetizer for a summer party or a fun side dish at a cookout.

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Makes:
10 servings
Prep:
40 mins
Marinate:
2 hrs
Bake:
6 mins to 8 mins 400°F
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Spicy Melon Skewers

Ingredients
1
recipe Chile Syrup, recipe below
3
cups papaya or cantaloupe chunks or balls
3
cups honeydew melon chunks or balls
3
cups seeded watermelon chunks or balls
20
10 inches bamboo skewers
4
ounces thinly sliced prosciutto (6 slices)
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon ground ancho, pasilla, or cayenne chile pepper
1/2
teaspoon paprika
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
 
Snipped cilantro

Directions

  1. Prepare Chile Syrup. Place papaya, honeydew, and watermelon in large self-sealing plastic bag. Pour in Chile Syrup. Seal; turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain papaya and melon, reserving syrup. Thread papayas and melon pieces on skewers.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange prosciutto, cut in thin strips, in single layer on large baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to paper towels; cool.
  3. In bowl combine brown sugar, the 1 teaspoon ground chile pepper, the paprika, cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle skewered papaya and melon with spice mixture, prosciutto, and cilantro. Drizzle Chile Syrup. Serve with any remaining spice mixture and syrup. Makes 10 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Hot: 1 tsp. ground ancho chile pepper Hotter: 1 tsp. ground pasilla chile pepper Hottest: 1 tsp. ground cayenne chile pepper

Chile Syrup

Ingredients

1
cup water
1
cup sugar
1
teaspoon ground ancho, pasilla, or cayenne chile pepper

Directions

  1. In small saucepan bring water; sugar; and ancho, pasilla, or cayenne chile pepper to boiling. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; cool.

Nutrition Facts

(Spicy Melon Skewers)
    Per serving:
  • 171 kcal cal.,
  • 3 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 0 g monounsatured fat),
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 249 mg sodium,
  • 34 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 32 g sugar,
  • 4 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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