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Summer snacking doesn't get any easier than prosciutto wrapped peaches.
You know, I have a lot of complaints about my local grocery store's produce department. Bagged lettuce from it never lasts more than a day, tomatoes are bruised and often visibly rotten or moldy, and they are frequently dead out of such exotic things like ... oranges, avocados, and peppers.
In fact, I'm so fed up with their produce department, that I have largely abandoned it in favor of the local farmer's markets around town ( Mt. Pleasant and Mixon being a few of my favorites ). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE supporting local, but let's be honest ... it can be kinda a pain to split up the shopping. After a full day at the office, and a combined two hours of commuting for the day, I just want to be able to drop in somewhere on the way home and pick up my fruit and greens in the same place I buy my flour.
However, the other day I was blowing through the produce department on my way to the checkout lane, and for once, I smelled the intoxicating scent of perfectly ripe, fresh peaches. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Sure enough, the ever-failing corporate produce department had a huge display of fresh, South Carolina peaches. By the way, in case you didn't know, South Carolina is second most producer of peaches in the country!
I had to grab a few.
Okay, ten. I grabbed TEN peaches. Then I got home and realized ... what am I going to do with TEN peaches?! I set aside three to eat plain ( Attention everyone in my office: I'm really sorry about that meeting where I thought I could eat a peach neatly but instead ended up looking like a toddler trying to eat pudding with my hands, covered in juice and bits of peach on my face. ) I set aside another three to make a peach cobbler, which failed miserably. I ate a peach while I thought about what to do with all of the peaches. With only three unallocated peaches left staring me in the face, I thought back to a recent post I'd read over at Coastal Kelder that reminded me of one of my favorite treats: Prosciutto Wrapped Melon.
Why not make Prosciutto Wrapped Melon.... with peaches?! Well folks, that's exactly what I did!
Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches
- 6 ounces prosciutto sliced paper thin
- 2 peaches
- Cut each peach in half, remove the pit. Cut each half in thirds, so that one peach yields 6 slices.
- Cut each slice of prosciutto in half ( I've done it by length and by width, and I prefer by width, but it doesn't really matter). Wrap a half slice of prosciutto around a peach slice. Press the end of prosciutto slice to the part of the slice that's wrapped around the peach already to seal. Repeat for each peach slice.