Entertaining
Practical picnic

Practical picnic

Simple can be succulent – especially when it comes to picnics! Opt for this easy-to-make summer classic: melon and prosciutto skewers. Discover the recipe and two sparkling Quebec ciders that are simply perfect for the occasion.

Sunny skewers

A summer classic, melon and prosciutto has been reinvented… on a stick! Simply slip all the ingredients onto a skewer and keep refrigerated until ready to eat—it’s that easy. Want to jazz it up a touch? Prepare basil and lemon pesto—the perfect lip-smacking  sauce to serve with these succulent skewers. For a bit of variety, replace the bocconcini pearls with feta cubes and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Any way you make it, it’s a great start to any meal!

Dolce vita style

We love finding inspiration in all things Italian, especially molto bene Italian cuisine! For your next impromptu backyard 5 à 7, put together an Italian-style platter of charcuteries (mortadella, bresaola, speck) cheeses (Asiago, mozzarella di buffala, Gorgonzola), bruschetta, breadsticks (grissini), marinated vegetables and olives. Buon appetito!

Melon and prosciutto skewers

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cost per serving: About $3
4 servings

1 ripe cantaloupe, very firm (or a variety of melons: honeydew, canary melon, watermelon)
12 thin slices prosciutto (about 180 g – 6 oz)
1 container (19 units) cocktail bocconcini
Fresh basil leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
Freshly ground pepper
Sauce (optional)
Homemade or store-bought basil pesto

1. Cut melon in half and remove seeds. 2. Using a melon baller, remove flesh from melon. 3. On a skewer, alternate basil leaf, cheese, melon and prosciutto. Repeat until skewer is full. 4. Drizzle with lemon juice and grind some fresh pepper over top. 5. Serve chilled with a side of basil pesto if desired.

Tip

Melon balls are perfect for all your summer recipes. Try adding them to your favourite salads, cold soups or even cocktails. (See our Melon Medley cocktail.)

What to drink with these melon and prosciutto skewers?

What makes this timeless appetizer such a success is the mouth-watering contrast between salty and sweet, and of course, the melon’s unmistakable delicate scent. For the perfect pairing, we suggest you uncork a bottle of Crémant de Bourgogne rosé. Composed mainly of Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes, this sparkling wine will temper the fattiness of the prosciutto. You could also opt for a sparkling rosé cider, whose invigorating and fruity character will really help the melon’s juicy flavours pop.

Coteau Rougemont Bulles Rosé Framboise cidre pétillant aromatisé

$16.05

Coteau Rougemont Bulles Rosé Framboise cidre pétillant aromatisé

Sparkling cider750 mlCanada
Coteau Rougemont Bulles Rosé Framboise cidre pétillant aromatisé

Coteau Rougemont Bulles Rosé Framboise cidre pétillant aromatisé

$16.05

Sparkling cider750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 12862898
Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore

$22.00

Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore

Sparkling rosé750 mlFrance
Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore

Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore

$22.00

Sparkling rosé750 mlFrance, BourgogneSAQ code : 11232149
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Pinot noir, 
  • Gamay
Michel Jodoin Cidre Rosé Pétillant

$13.40

Michel Jodoin Cidre Rosé Pétillant

Rosé sparkling cider4 X 330 mlCanada
Michel Jodoin Cidre Rosé Pétillant

Michel Jodoin Cidre Rosé Pétillant

$13.40

Rosé sparkling cider4 X 330 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13514297
Not available onlineSee quantity in stores

+PUT TOGETHER THE PERFECT PACKAGE OF SUMMER WINE

DISCOVER OUR RECIPE AND BEVERAGE PAIRING SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR SUMMER OUTINGS:
+COLOURFUL PICNIC
+AL FRESCO DINING
+CLASSIC PICNIC
+A PICNIC ON FATHER’S DAY
+MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC

Photos: Maude Chauvin and David De Stefano (recipes)

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