Popular Party Fare & Healthy Summer Snacks: Greek & Melon Prosciutto Skewers

Summer is on the doorstep and soon we’ll be basking in warmth of the sun and enjoying our decks and the great outdoors.  I, for one, am really, really, REALLY looking forward to spending time on my deck. It’s so relaxing and pleasant to sit by the firepit, listen to music, enjoy a glass of wine.  You’ve heard the saying that “living well is the best revenge”?  It’s at times like that where I feel I am living well. 

So in anticipation of the “deck season” being upon us, I have been thinking about what kind of appetizers or snacks I will serve on my deck this year for the numerous happy hours and get-togethers.  I have been trying to make sure my choices are both delicious and healthy.  So today I provide for you two examples that I plan to include in my rotation on a regular basis this summer:  Greek skewers and Melon Prosciutto Skewers!

Both of these appetizers are popular and always seem to generate interest! So be prepared to come home without leftovers! For me? ..that’s a high compliment. I always enjoy providing yummy food for people. So without further ado, let’s dig in and show you how I make these summer sensations! Enjoy! 

Greek Skewers (45 calories each)

Greek Skewers
Greek Skewers
Dill and parsley
Dill and Parsley

Ingredients:  (for 12 skewers)

Cherry tomatoes, Qty. 12 

Feta, 1 block 

Pitted Kalamata Olives, Qty. 12

Cucumber – sliced thick and halved into 12 chunks

Extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup

Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon

Garlic, 1 clove, smashed

Fresh dill, chopped, 1 tablespoon

Fresh parsley, chopped, 1 tablespoon

Sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cut feta block into 12 cubes. 
Feta block
Block of Feta

2. Prepare garlic, dill and parsley as described above, in the ingredients list.

3. Combine, in a bowl: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, parsley, salt and pepper.  Toss until thoroughly mixed. 

4. Put the blocks of feta in the mixture and marinate for 15 minutes.

Feta marinade

5. Assemble the skewers in any order you prefer: tomato, cucumber, olive and feta. 

Melon Prosciutto Skewers (73 calories each)

Ingredients:  (for 12 skewers)

Cantaloupe, Qty. 1

Mozzarella pearls, 1 container

Prosciutto

Fresh Basil, 1 bunch

Balsamic Glaze, 1 small bottle

melon skewers
Melon Prosciutto Skewers

Instructions:

  1. Slice cantaloupe in half and clean out seeds from the core, scrape clean. 

2. Use a melon baller and make 24 melon balls. 

Melon ballin’

3. Cut prosciutto into pieces that are roughly 2 inches by 3 inches.  12 pieces. 

4. Cut 12 basil leaves from stalk.  

assembling melon skewers
Assembling the skewers

5. Assemble the skewers.  Start with a melon ball, then put on a basil leaf, folded over once, then a mozzarella pearl – if they are small pearls then add a second pearl somewhere on the skewer.  Add a folded piece of prosciutto and finally another melon ball. 

6. Sparingly, drizzle balsamic glaze across the skewers.  You don’t want to cover the whole skewer in it since the glaze is a strong flavor …simply hit the skewer – usually I do a zig zag across a plate of assembled skewers. 

Calories:

The Greek Skewers are a very lean 45 calories each. For the ones depicted, they might be 50 calories. It depends mostly on how much Feta and olives you want to put on the skewers, but prepared as shown? …you’re right around 45-50.

The Melon Prosciutto Skewers are a bit more. The prosciutto and the mozzarella are the big impacts there. For these examples I used very small pearls, but would have preferred something just slightly smaller than the melon ball itself. Regardless they were delicious! And I came home with no leftovers! Bon Appetit, mon amis!

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