What’s Cooking Wednesday: Prosciutto Wrapped Watermelon with Bel Pease Cheese

prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese on flickrWhile looking for something different to do with watermelon for this week’s What’s Cooking Wednesday (go visit all the participants at Shan’s!), I came across the National Watermelon Promotion Board. What? You doubted that one existed?

Well it so happens that our friends at the NWPB have quite a collection of watermelon recipes. Who knew? I picked this one because I *love* prosciutto crudo and melon, but I changed the recommended Brie to a more Italian-friendly cheese, one of my favorites: Bel Paese.

I’m sure Brie is fabulous in this though, so if you can get it, do try it and let me know what you think, OK? And if you can’t get Brie or Bel Paese, just use something soft and mild in its place. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese (overlooking the ionian sea) on flickr

I’m not putting measurements in the recipe since you can make as many or few of these little finger sandwiches as you like. Me? I lean toward many.

I will recommend, though, chilling the watermelon and the cheese before assembling so that everything retains its proper consistency.

Prosciutto Wrapped Watermelon with Bel Paese Cheese

prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese on flickr

  • Finger-food sized pieces of watermelon cut into rectangles
  • Thin slices of Bel Paese about the same size as the watermelon pieces
  • Prosciutto crudo

1. Place a slice of Bel Paese on top of each piece of watermelon.

2. Wrap each with a sliced of prosciutto crudo. Secure with a toothpick.

3. Serve immediately and enjoy immensely like I did!

Buon appetito!

prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese on flickr

P.S. If you’d be so kind, can you tell me which photo you like most?
Grazie mille!

And also, what is your favorite way to enjoy watermelon?
Do you have a special recipe to share?
42 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s Cooking Wednesday: Prosciutto Wrapped Watermelon with Bel Pease Cheese”
  1. Rebecca
    07.23.2008

    Now that is just “good”
    I have eaten a lot of those little rolls in my time
    and they are good good good!

    A wonderful treat in the summer heat

    Rebecca’s last blog post..Summer Glory

    Absolutely perfect for summer lunches when there will be *no* cooking, Rebecca. Nice to see you :)

  2. Joanne at frutto della passione
    07.23.2008

    I like photos 2 and 3. Sorry I can’t be more specific. This looks like a great patio treat, perfect appetizers for a bbq with friends.

    Joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Fagioli in umido (braised Beans) and le pan’ont

    Thanks Joanne, and yes a perfect party plate :)

  3. 07.23.2008

    I’ve never eaten them before. They look (and sound) absolutely delicious. A lovely twist on the usual version.

    P.S. My favourite photos are the second and third – can’t choose between them.

    casalba’s last blog post..The Fig Tree

    Thanks for your input! I was pretty psyched to see prosciutto with yet another favorite fruit of mine as well :)

  4. Gil
    07.23.2008

    Must really be good with the delicious seeded watermelon that is available in Italy. Around here most of the watermelon is the tasteless but “seedless” variety.

    The one watermelon I had that wasn’t very good this year was nearly seedless. I don’t think it was seedless intentionally, but it didn’t have a lot going on inside in seeds or flavor :( The rest, though, have been *spectacular*!

  5. 07.23.2008

    the second to the last one is the foodie pic you’re looking for!

    i am so curious to try this. i can’t imagine how it would taste (i put watermelon in an entirely different class than cantaloupe or honeydew). now the question is, how do i try this without buying an ENTIRE watermelon???

    Miss Expatria’s last blog post..Roma Life

    My best advice is to go to a smallish grocery store, preferably with a youngish boy working behind the counter, and ask if it’s pretty please possible to get a half or even a quarter of a watermelon pretty please because you’re all by yourself and the rest will just go to waste pretty please. Bat eyelashes early and often.

    This is just a hypothesis of course.

    Thanks for your photo opinion :)

  6. 07.23.2008

    prosciutto is a wonder meat. It makes everything better.

    As for photos, I’m partial to the first one.

    running42k’s last blog post..Seinfeld

    *So* true about prosciutto! Hooray for the pig!

    And thanks for the input on the photos. Just when I thought one of them was pulling ahead ;)

  7. 07.23.2008

    I love eating watermelon just on their own. But I’m intrigued by the prosciutto/cheese combination.
    In the Milan-area they have kiosks called Anguriere where they sell sliced watermelon and you can
    sit and eat them on the spot.
    Btw, I like picture number 3.

    milanesemasala’s last blog post..The Battle of the Sagre

    Yes I’m kind of partial to watermelon all by its lonesome myself…my next experiment will be a watermelon salad though. I’m thinking some mozzarella, basil or ooh, I wish I had some mint….

  8. Looks delicious – not that I’ve even been a fan of watermelon!
    And I think the first pic looks the best!
    ;-)

    Absolute Vanilla… (& Atyllah)’s last blog post..This that and not much of the other

    Not a fan of watermelon?! Send the unwanted fruit my way please :)

    And thanks for your opinion on the photo :)

  9. I vote for number two. I like the sea/sky in the background. Very beautiful.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Rome off the Tourist Track – Testaccio Farmers Market

    I rather enjoy the colors in that one myself :) Thanks!

  10. 07.23.2008

    Oh. Yes. Please. Must. Have. Many.

    I love this combo. And for me the Brie is not only easy to find…it is one of my favs :)

    My Mélange’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday- Free Paris Museums

    I hope you try this with Brie and let me know! It’s not too hard for me to find either, so I’ll try to get some before the late summer takes my watermelons away ;)

  11. 07.23.2008

    This looks so refreshingly delicious!! I’ve seen proscuitto wrapped honeydew melon, but never watermelon. Definitely on my must try list for this summer.

    If you like prosciutto and melon, I think you’ll like this too. A little different texture, and if you add the cheese, a nice creamy flavor too :)

  12. 07.23.2008

    Michelle, this absolutely has my mouth watering! I adore Bel Paese, and anything that includes any type of melon and any type of proscuitto gets my vote. YUM.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Blueberry Buckle Cake

    I love my Bel Paese too…*so* good :)

  13. I’m with the ragazza… the one “overlooking the Ionian sea” is the best.

    Sweet/creamy/salty: this app has it all! Whenever I try your simple salads and appetizers, I get rave reviews. Thank you for enhancing my smoothness factor! What a blog…

    paul of crazy like whoa’s last blog post..The passionate journey

    Thanks for your two centissimi :) And thanks, also, for giving me a new tagline. I’m thinking something like “Enhancing smoothness factors since 2006.” Che ne pensi?

  14. 07.23.2008

    I can’t decide between 2 and 3. I like that in both of them you can distinctly see all the layers and ingredients.

    Andrea’s last blog post..Bridal Show Tips

    Excellent Andrea; grazie :)

  15. 07.23.2008

    That sounds weird but tasty. And I like the first picture best!

    Stefanie’s last blog post..Requisite “How was your weekend?” post

    Trust me: definitely tasty :) And thanks for your vote!

  16. 07.23.2008

    I would have never thought to roll all three of those ingredients into one….sure I would probably have them all on a plate as an antipasto but combining them like that isn’t just interesting but also looks really delicious.

    As for pictures go….I like #3. :)

    LuLu’s last blog post..Gelato vs. Ice Cream

    Thanks LuLu! Hope you try it out :)

  17. 07.23.2008

    oh boy, this looks good! really, really good! mmmm…..

    annoa2’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Plum Tart

    Mangia, mangia!

  18. Mary
    07.23.2008

    I love watermelon and prosciutto, so I’m going to have to try this. And of course, the cheese is an extra bonus. Right now we’re enjoying our prosciutto with figs since we’ve got a bumper crop this year (and no one stole them, yippee!).

    As for my photo choice, I’m tied between the first and third. I like the close-up, but I also like seeing the grapes well in the first photo.

    Thanks Mary :) And woohoo on the figs! I’m jealous!

  19. 07.23.2008

    All the photos are great (making me jealous since I can barely take one!) but I like the second one best. Now I have to go out and buy some prosciutto!

    Yes yes time for some prosciutto! And thanks for sharing your photo choice :)

  20. jody
    07.23.2008

    YUM!! That looks fantastic.

    The kids and I recently made some Watermelon pops. We blended the melon with some sugar, put it in molds and froze them. The kids loved them, and they were so easy to make. We even left the seeds in!

    Ooh fun! And so refreshing! Great idea :)

  21. 07.23.2008

    When I was pregnant I ate two things constantly – gyros and watermelon.
    And I was pregnant mostly in winter, so finding watermelon was a chore.
    I always have my proscuitto with honeydew or cantaloupe – where is my head at?
    Look delish!

    Frances’s last blog post..yes folks, yet another blog…

    Well you are having it the traditional way…try this! I think you’ll enjoy :)

  22. 07.23.2008

    I had no idea that “Bel Paese” was a type of cheese….I was under the impression that it was just an expression used to describe Italia!…..now i know :-)

    Anyway, I tried melone con proscuitto in Florence this past April and was so surprised by how much saltier the combo of cantaloupe made everything……it sure was delicious.

    my brother’s girlfriend makes watermelon juice by blending just watermelon, lemon juice, lime juice, and a little bit of honey. then she strains it and serves over ice. it’s amazing and so refreshing. (delicious when ice cold)

    see a recent blog post about a fav Israeli watermelon recipe below:

    http://erynchandler.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/just-say-no-to-pithy-oranges-blog-challenge-2008-day-3/

    Eryn’s last blog post..new find…

    Ooh thanks for the new ideas Eryn; they will be put to good use :)

  23. 07.23.2008

    I love the photo with the sea in the background, and the sun shining on the food. Lovely!

    Looks so tasty too!

    Thanks Sara :)

  24. 07.23.2008

    It’s a toss up for me between the third and the fourth! It sounds delicious, tho!

    Janet’s last blog post..What Is It Wednesday #121

    Thanks Janet! Always lovely to see you here :)

  25. 07.23.2008

    photo #3
    looks the best,
    like it looks closer to my mouth…

    :-)

    you advice about batting eyelashes
    gets me 1/2 watermelon every time
    but i usually go to the older grandfatherly~man and ask him
    because
    i think he get fewer eyelash batting sessions
    than the younger boy…

    my favorite watermelon recipe:
    ——->take a chilled one to the beach
    and eat the entire thing
    WITH ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON
    and then you both jump into the sea to clean up.

    but that is just me…..

    somepinkflowers’s last blog post..tourist tuesday and which museum is this

    Oh you’re right; I actually probably should’ve said a gentleman behind the counter (age doesn’t matter) because, well, most enjoy the eyelashes anyway ;)

    Lovely watermelon recipe. I’ll definitely try it before the summer’s out ;)

  26. 07.23.2008

    YUM. I always leave hungry when I come here on Wednesdays.

    Sniff.

    Looks SO good…

    ;o)

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Submarine Races

    This one’s so easy, cara…you have no excuse!

  27. Diane Tapscott
    07.23.2008

    I pop in to your blog regularly but I must be honest it has really changed. Very nice but not quite like before – please don’t be offended but now it appears as if I am reading from one of my magazines from across the Atlantic – sorry but I would love it if you went back to the original blogger.

    Hi Diane, I’m not offended, but it would help if you could be more specific. Do you mean Blogger the service or me, the blogger? If the latter, what in particular do you find missing?

    Although honestly, if it feels like you’re reading a magazine, I’m actually flattered ;)

    Seriously though, feel free to email me your thoughts; I’d love to hear them! I can’t promise anything will greatly change as what I write here is what I feel inclined to write about (although I have ads, the real point to keeping a blog for me is to enjoy it and not have it feel like work), but of course suggestions are always welcome. Please email me :)

  28. 07.24.2008

    That looks sooo yummy. I swear, I never think of making anything with watermelon. We just cut the darned thing, salt it and eat it n the porch with sticky juice running down our arms. We’re messy and simple, apparently.

    Chel’s last blog post..Ask me…

    I have to say, Chel, that I absolutely *abhor* juice/water/liquid running down my arms. There is nothing more annoying to me. Funny you should mention it, though, b/c my mom and I talked about this very thing while she was here. Apparently I inherited this quality from her ;)

  29. Leslie
    07.24.2008

    I am so jealous. I spent last summer in Italy and fell head over heels for Bel Paese. I can’t find it consistently here, though. Sad. One grocery store carried it once for about a week, then didn’t reorder. Here’s hoping they reorder eventually.

    Oh that is truly sad Leslie. You might want to mention something to them so they know you’re looking for it; maybe others are asking too? Never know!

  30. 07.24.2008

    This sounds yummy and easy for a summer appetizer. Will definately try this. I doubt I can find Bel Paese cheese but I’m a huge fan of brie. At one of my favorite eateries, Wild Flower Bread Co., they have a grilled Ham & Brie w/caramelized onions. It is sooo good.

    I like the 1st & 4th photos.

    Ice Tea For Me’s last blog post..ole’

    Ooh, that grilled ham and Brie sounds fab! Want!

  31. 07.24.2008

    Here’s another great watermelon recipe:

    chunks of watermelon
    kalamata olives
    red onion
    lime juice
    olive oil
    crumbled feta, but you could use ricotta salata, too!

    Geggie’s last blog post..Scene at the Rental Car Counter

    Why I think you just gave me lunch today, Geggie. Thanks :)

  32. 07.24.2008

    OH YUM…this is something I will Definitely be trying in the future! As in…this weekend! ;-)

    My favorite photo is the second one, with the sky in the background. it adds a really cool element to it. I also like the close-up of the “one” piece.

    Karina’s last blog post..Where In The World is Candid Karina?

    Thanks Karina, and I hope you enjoy these :)

  33. 07.24.2008

    I would love to munch on a few of these! especially on a hot day, great for a picnic or party!

    Marie’s last blog post..BURRATA!

    And I’ll take some of that Burrata…YUM!

  34. 07.24.2008

    I vote for the third picture, although the second is very very nice too!

    I was going to rave about watermelon juice but I see someone already mentioned it. It’s deliciously refreshing…and uses up a lot of watermelon quickly (in case batting the eyelashes doesn’t work in getting you just a piece of one).

    The seeded watermelons have been delicious this year…I’m attempting to eat one all by myself.

    Will try this today, perhaps with fontina since that’s all I have in the house.

    I always think of watermelon as something to eat at the end of the meal…now I will have it at the beginning too!

    Thanks for the new idea.

    Under an Olive Tree’s last blog post..I was the canary in the coal mine!

    Mmm…fontina! Love it. This is really a great appetizer, Diane…in fact I’ve been known to eat so much of it, there wasn’t room for even the primo piatto ;)

  35. 07.24.2008

    to bad the ingredients arent readily available out here… dam makes me miss living in san francisco and having the market on the pier…

    JR’s last blog post..FLICKR Game

    I know how you feel JR; all the blueberry recipes posted around the Interwebs now are killing me!

  36. 07.24.2008

    I like the last picture the best….I might give this a try!!

    anne’s last blog post..New Experience…

    I hope you enjoy it Anne :)

  37. 07.25.2008

    What a great combo! Salty prosciutto and cheese with juicy watermelon.

    Kevin’s last blog post..Zucchini Bread with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta

    A new favorite for me Kevin :) Thanks for coming by!

  38. I like the top photo best. And I’m hungry now. :)

    Jessica, Italy Logue’s last blog post..Hostels in Venice

    Thanks Jessica…mangia mangia!

  39. 07.29.2008

    Really good!! Never tried to use watermelon together with prosciutto, I’ve always had it with yellow melon.

    In my blog I posted two recipes with watermelon:

    Yoghurt pannacotta with watermelon jam

    and Gello di Mellone, a typical Sicilian summer dessert

    Baci,
    Daniela

    campodifragole’s last blog post..Pannacotta di yogurt con confettura di anguria

    YUM! Love anything with watermelon and I have some in the fridge that is just waiting to be used. Grazie and thanks for visiting :)

  40. 07.01.2011

    Om nom nom! I had watermelon the other weekend at a friend’s house and it was delicious. I’ve never been much of a fan of it, if I’m honest, finding it too bland and watery, but this one was really sweet. Maybe it’s the difference between the seeded/unseeded, as someone suggested above?

    FWIW I think picture #3 is the best. It clearly shows the layers and I like the hint of green in the background – it lifts the colours without being distracting from the focal point.

    I’ve definitely had my best watermelon here *by far* Katja…*so* tasty! Enjoy while they last!

  41. Joseph Chiaravalloti
    07.01.2011

    The pictures are all good, but the last has the most useful perspective. I’m amazed that watermelon is not too wet for this. I’ll try it when local watermelons come into season (unseeded; parse that!)

    My wife’s favorite wrap is steamed collar greens, trimmed and sauteed in oil and garlic. Lay a bit of greens on a slice of prosciutto and roll it up.

    I’ve never had an issue with the wetness of the watermelon; hope you enjoy it!

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