With Valentine’s Day approaching this month (I can hear all of you relationship guys groaning), here’s a nice recipe for an appetizer to lead off a lovely dinner for two.
It’s a simple, easy and delicious beginning to a meal.
- One Fresh Peach
- ¼ to ½ lb thinly sliced Prosciutto
- 4 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 8 small bamboo skewers
Slice the Peach in half and remove the pit. Slice each half into three or four slices.
You can usually find good imported Italian Prosciutto in the deli, or, better yet, from an authentic Italian Deli. Prosciutto is a cured Italian Ham and it is salty and delicious! The really good stuff is at least $20 per pound, but with this recipe, you don’t need to go to that expense. I have been able to find Prosciutto in my regular supermarket and the folks in the deli will slice it paper thin for you. The reason I put ¼ to ½ a pound in the ingredients list here is that it is so thin, and you have to be so careful separating it once you remove it from the fridge, that I like to make sure I have enough so that all the pieces are nice and not torn. Or, you could ask them to slice it a bit thicker.
Take a nice slice of Prosciutto and gently wrap it around each slice of Peach. Take one of your skewers and secure the Prosciutto to the Peach by running your skewer from the skin side of the Peach, through to the part where the pit was. Repeat this with all the slices. If you can’t find skewers at your market, you can use toothpicks.
Brush each side of the peach/ham with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. And here, if you don’t have extra virgin oil, regular olive oil works just fine. Just brush it over the Prosciutto and any exposed Peach flesh. If you don’t have a brush, just spread it with your finger.
Then, place each piece onto a hot grill until the Prosciutto begins to brown and curl at the edges. Flip them over and cook the other side the same way. Usually about a minute or so on each side is plenty. Arrange the Peaches any way you want on a plate and serve immediately.
Since these only take a few minutes to cook, you can prepare them and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to grill them. Perhaps you can pour her a nice glass of wine and while she’s sipping, you can take them from the fridge, brush on the olive oil and grill them up for a quick appetizer while you finish making dinner!
These are incredible and she will be very impressed with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!