Grilled Pancetta and Melon Pizza is a great summertime dish. The sweet-savory combination of melons and pancetta pairs well with the smokiness of the crust.
When I was a kid my parents had a dinner party. They invited friends to the house and we spent the better part of our Saturday cleaning and vacuuming, dusting, and setting the table — with the good china. I remember my parents’ dinner parties because they always felt like special occasions. My brother, Cameron, and I usually ate before the guests arrived and were happily ensconced in the latest episodes of The Love Boat and Fantasy Island while Mom and Dad entertained their company.
Mom pulled out all the stops for company. On this particular occasion, she made the appetizer in advance – prosciutto and melon with shaves of fresh parmesan cheese. She arranged it just so on the china, covered it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge until it was “time”. Now, I realize that proscuitto and melon isn’t an earth shattering combination. But to my ten-year-old self, it seemed pretty bold. And since I helped Mom with the prep — and got to sample the less-than-perfect bits – I remember being surprised by the intensity of the sweet-savory combination.
Today, I’m revisiting those flavors. With a homemade pizza. Or maybe it’s a flatbread, I can’t decide. Whatever you call it — it’s gonna be good! I made my own dough (aren’t you impressed?) but you don’t have to — most bakery departments sell fresh pizza dough for about $2 Instead of prosciutto, I used the less expensive pancetta, sliced very thinly. It browned beautifully on the grill. What a great way to celebrate summer!Print
Lisa is a South Florida based food blogger who derives inspiration from a diverse family food-background, which includes southern comfort foods, traditional French and Caribbean cuisine. On her blog, Garlic and Zest, she explores fresh, innovative flavors and the inexorable link between food and family. Her approachable fare tastes like home.